The Wandering Who?

Gilad Atzmon


Softcover book. 211 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1846948756
Stock Number: 0248

This provocative book boldly and thoughtfully examines Jewish identity politics and Jewish contemporary ideology, and why these matter in today’s world. It has been something of a best-seller since it came out in 2011, and has appeared in ten languages. With index and endnotes.

Given that Israel defines itself as the “Jewish State,” and that the influential American Jewish community strongly supports Israel, it is important – the author contends -- to understand just what “Judaism,” “Jewishness,” “Jewish culture” and “Jewish ideology” actually mean.

Referring to popular culture and citing scholarly texts, the author shows how Jewish identity is tied up with some of today’s most pressing and contentious issues. He shows how and why Jews in the US, as well as diaspora Jews in other countries, identify with Israel and support its politics.

The author shows how anti-Gentile attitudes are entangled within different forms of secular Jewish political discourse, even within the Jewish left. He highlights important tribal loyalties and views embedded in the secular Jewish discourse, both Zionist and anti-Zionist. He looks at the importance of the “Holocaust religion” – for both Jews and non-Jews -- and the important Jewish understanding of “history” and “time,” and how that shapes the Jewish outlook.

The author calls for a conceptual shift in our intellectual and philosophical attitude towards politics, identity politics and history.

Gilad Atzmon is known both as a gifted and acclaimed musician, and as a provocative and influential writer. He was born, raised and trained in Israel. Some years ago he renounced his Israeli citizenship, and became a British citizen. He lives in London. He has recorded and performed with an impressive array of outstanding artists and groups. Over the years Gilad Atzmon has recorded 15 albums. In 2003 his album Exile was the BBC jazz album of the year.

He is also a shrewd and biting commentator on political matters, social issues, Jewish identity, Zionism and cultural life. His essays have appeared in periodicals and websites around the world, and as a commentator, he has appeared as a guest on television and radio around the world. His two novels, Guide to the Perplexed, and, My One And Only Love, have been translated into 24 languages.

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