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Vidal and His Family: From Salonica to Paris
     

Vidal and His Family: From Salonica to Paris

by Edgar Morin
 

In this biography, Edgar Morin, one of France’s greatest living intellectuals, not only tells the story of his father, Vidal Nahoum, but also the story of Sephardic Jews, and of Europe. Vidal’s story, and that of his family, carries within it the flowering, decline, and death of Jewish culture in Spain, the passage from Empires to Nation States, the

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In this biography, Edgar Morin, one of France’s greatest living intellectuals, not only tells the story of his father, Vidal Nahoum, but also the story of Sephardic Jews, and of Europe. Vidal’s story, and that of his family, carries within it the flowering, decline, and death of Jewish culture in Spain, the passage from Empires to Nation States, the complex relations between Jews and Gentiles and between East and West, and, ultimately, the history of the 20th century itself. Morin’s work ranges from the great sweep of global historical events to the everyday details of individual lives, letters, feelings, reflections, and experiences.

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“Edgar Morin, a renowned French intellectual, has written a testament to his father, a biography of a very complex and interesting person, and much more. Vidal Nahum’s life spanned most of the twentieth century and this book includes many excerpts from his own memoir, interwoven appropriately, and italicized so that the reader can easily distinguish his voice from that of his son. . . . Vidal Nahum was born in 1894, the youngest son of a large, well-established Sephardic family from Salonica. The book describes a many-branched family and the intertwining lives of a very big clan whose members wandered throughout the Middle East, Europe, and beyond, in search of livelihood, peace, and a place to grow roots. In that sense, the book is not only about Morin’s father and his extended family, but about Sephardic Jewry and its almost-millennium-long history, dating back to prior to the expulsion from Spain all the way to the present. . . . The book is well written. It is truly a saga worth reading for the light it sheds on a subject not often described in readable, compelling publications. It is recommended for libraries with extensive Jewish history collections, including specifically Sephardic history.”  —Michlean Amir, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845192747
Publisher:
Sussex Academic Press
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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Edgar Morin is a French philosopher and sociologist, and emeritus director at the French National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS). Deborah Cowell is also the translator of Morin’s California Journal. Alfonso Montuori is a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, formerly a distinguished professor in the School of Fine Arts at Miami University of Ohio, and a coauthor of Evolutionary Competence; From Power to Partnership.

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