Fort Greene Store:
Tuesday, March 21, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: George Prochnik presents Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem
In conversation with Jia Tolentino
Wine reception to follow
Acclaimed biographer of Stefan Zweig (and Greenlight neighbor) George Prochnik returns to Greenlight to present his compelling new biography of the esteemed Kabbalistic scholar and self-described “religious anarchist” Gershom Scholem. Relying on equal parts history and mythos, Stranger in a Strange Land follows Scholem on his path from Berlin to Israel, from socialism to Zionism, skillfully bringing to life a long-overlooked but indispensable intellectual and religious figure and adding new depth to our understanding of Scholem’s story and influence, the birth of Israel, Palestine, and the evolution of humanist thought. Prochnik discusses his work with essayist Jia Tolentino, a contributing writer for newyorker.com, followed by a wine reception to celebrate the book's launch.