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The Imaginary Jew

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The Holocaust changed what it means to be a Jew, for Jew and non-Jew alike. Much of the discussion about this new meaning is a storm of contradictions. In The Imaginary Jew, Alain Finkielkraut describes with passion and acuity his own passage through that storm.Finkielkraut decodes the shifts in anti-Semitism at the end of the Cold War, chronicles the impact of Israel’s po ...more
Paperback, 201 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by University of Nebraska Press (first published 1980)
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I found this book problematic and self-contradictory. At first, it was mesmerizing, but part three shut down any possible dialogue about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Nevertheless, the book presented often thought about issues in new and interesting ways, and for the most part made a great deal of sense. It was only near the end Finkielkraut forced me to be skeptical through his own contradictions.
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