The Spinoza Problem: A Novel

The Spinoza Problem: A Novel

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By (author) Irvin D. Yalom

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  • Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 25mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 14 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0465061850
  • ISBN 13: 9780465061853
  • Edition statement: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Sales rank: 20,779

Product description

In The Spinoza Problem, Irvin Yalom spins fact and fiction into an unforgettable psycho-philosophical novel. A psychiatrist with a deep interest in philosophical issues, Yalom jointly tells the story of the seventeenth-century thinker Baruch Spinoza, his philosophy and subsequent excommunication from the Jewish community, and his apparent influence on the Nazi ideologue Alfred Rosenberg, whose einsatzgruppe was dispatched during the Second World War to investigate a mysterious "Spinoza Problem." Seamlessly alternating between Golden Age Amsterdam and Nazi Germany, Yalom investigates the inner lives of these two enigmatic men in a tale of influence and anxiety, the origins of good and evil, and the philosophy of freedom and the tyranny of terror.

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Author information

Irvin D. Yalom, M.D., is an emeritus professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and a psychiatrist in private practice in San Francisco and Palo Alto. He is the author of many books, including "Love's Executioner," "Theory and Practice in Group Psychotherapy," and "When Nietzsche Wept." He lives with his wife in Palo Alto, California.

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"The Spinoza Problem is engrossing, enlightening, disturbing and ultimately deeply satisfying." (abraham Verghese, author of cutting for Stone)"

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