The Story of the Jews : Finding the Words (1000 BCE - 1492)
It spans the millennia and the continents - from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined places: to a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings; the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs. And its voices ring loud and clear, from the severities and ecstasies of the Bible writers to the love poems of wine bibbers in a garden in Muslim Spain.
Within these pages, the Talmud burns in the streets of Paris, massed gibbets hang over the streets of medieval London, a Majorcan illuminator redraws the world; candles are lit, chants are sung, mules are packed, ships loaded with spice and gems founder at sea.
And a great story unfolds. Not - as often imagined - of a culture apart, but of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians.
Which makes the story of the Jews everyone's story, too.
- Paperback | 512 pages
- 130 x 196 x 36mm | 459.99g
- 30 Dec 2014
- Vintage Publishing
- London, United Kingdom
- 3 plate sections
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About Simon Schama
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.
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It is a story of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they
have dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians. Which makes
the story of the Jews everyone’s story, too.
‘Schama at his best, a labour of love, as full of memorable incident as
a Bellow novel and wittier than a Woody Allen movie’
‘An exuberant tour de force’
Simon Sebag Montefiore, Daily Mail
‘Inspiring… Schama tells it with panache, weaving facts and anecdotes into a
‘Unforgettable…a delicious cacophony of conversations
and clamorous arguments echoing across history’
‘A spirited, immensely enjoyable and wide-ranging account… [expresses] both the triumphs and the tragedies with irrepressible enthusiasm and his customary eloquence’