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The Blessing and the Curse: A Conversation with Adam Kirsch
Register to hear Jewish Review of Books’ editor Abe Socher in conversation with poet and literary critic Adam Kirsch, author of The People and the Books: Eighteen Classics of Jewish Literature. With his latest book, The Blessing and the Curse: The Jewish People and Their Books in the Twentieth Century, Kirsch has turned to the Jewish literature that arose from the vast upheavals of the 1900s, from the emigration of Jews out of Eastern Europe to the Holocaust and the creation of Israel. Kirsch surveys four themes that shaped the 20th century in Jewish literature and culture―Europe, America, Israel, and the endeavor to reimagine Judaism as a modern faith―and provides insights into well-known Jewish writers and their less-famous counterparts.

Jan 26, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Adam Kirsch
Poet and Literary Critic @Editor at the Wall Street Journal
Adam Kirsch is a poet, critic, and editor. He is the author of several books about Jewish literature, including "The People and the Books: 18 Classics of Jewish Literature" and "Who Wants to Be a Jewish Writer?"
Abraham Socher
Editor in Chief @Jewish Review of Books
Abraham Socher was educated at UCLA, Harvard University, and UC Berkeley, where he received a PhD in history. He is the author of The Radical Enlightenment of Solomon Maimon: Judaism, Philosophy, Heresy (Stanford University Press, 2006) and coeditor of The Autobiography of Solomon Maimon: The Complete Translation (Princeton University Press, 2019). He is a professor emeritus at Oberlin College.