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    The Story of the Jews: When Words Fail (1492 - Present Day) (Hardback) By (author) Simon Schama

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    DescriptionThe words that failed were words of hope. But they did not fail at all times and everywhere. These gripping pages teem with words of defiance and optimism, sounds and images of tenacious life and adventurous modernism, music and drama, business and philosophy, poetry and politics. The second part of Simon Schama's epic Story of the Jews is neither overwhelmed by hopelessness nor shrouded in the smoke of the crematoria. As much as it gives full weight to the magnitude of the disaster that befell the Jews, it is a story of hope vindicated rather than wiped out. The stories unfold across the world - in the provincial pavilions of Ming China and beneath the brass chandeliers of Rembrandt's Amsterdam; on ships and carts, stage-coaches and railway trains crossing oceans and continents; in the honky-tonk of San Francisco and the pampas of Argentina, the department stores of Berlin and the avenues of Trieste. The stories themselves are played on the stage of opera houses; in the travelling camera of an expedition in Ukraine, the prison cells of Stalin's Russia, the lagers of the Holocaust; the scenery of misery and redemption in Palestine and Israel. At the heart of the story is the budding belief that peoples of different faiths, customs and cultures can be fellow-citizens of a common country. And amidst all the brutality, somehow the light of Jewish endurance is never extinguished. The odyssey is unforgettable, the storyteller impassioned, the words unfailing.

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    The Story of the Jews
    When Words Fail (1492 - Present Day)
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Simon Schama
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 550
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 50 mm
    Weight: 1,197 g
    ISBN 13: 9781847922809
    ISBN 10: 1847922805

    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3J
    BIC subject category V2: JFSR1, HB
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000, HIS022000
    BIC subject category V2: 3J
    DC23: 909.04924
    Thema V1.0: NHB, JBSR
    Illustrations note
    3 plate sections
    Imprint name
    The Bodley Head Ltd
    Publication date
    06 November 2014
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    Author Information
    Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. His award-winning books, translated into fifteen languages, include Citizens, Landscape and Memory, Rembrandt's Eyes, A History of Britain, The Power of Art, Rough Crossings and The American Future. His art columns for the New Yorker won the National Magazine Award for criticism and his journalism has appeared regularly in the Guardian and the Financial Times where he is Contributing Editor. He has written and presented forty films for BBC2 on subjects as diverse as Tolstoy, American politics and John Donne and won an Emmy for The Power of Art.