Michael Ignatieff: On Consolation

Michael Ignatieff

Chair: David Herman

26/02/2022 8:45 pm
Kings Place, Hall 1

How do we console each other and ourselves in an age of unbelief? In On Consolation: Finding Solace in Dark Times, author and academic Michael Ignatieff shows how humans in extremity have looked to each other to recover hope and resilience. From Job and Camus to Anna Akhmatova and Primo Levi, he brings stories from across the centuries into the present. A unique career has seen him serve as Canada’s Leader of the Opposition as Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party predecessor, hold senior academic posts at Cambridge, Harvard and Central European University and write 20 books including The Ordinary Virtues and Isaiah Berlin: A Life. Don’t miss this rare UK event with one of the great thinkers and writers of our time.

This talk will be held as the annual George Webber event in memory of the founder of the Jewish Book Council under whose auspices Jewish Book Week was established 70 years ago. The 2022 festival also marks the 40th anniversary of his passing.

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Michael Ignatieff


Michael Ignatieff is a writer, historian and former politician. He has taught at Cambridge, Oxford, the University of Toronto and Harvard and is currently President and Rector at Central European University in Vienna. His books, which have been translated into twelve languages, include Blood and Belonging, Isaiah Berlin: a life, The Needs of Strangers, The Russian Album and The Ordinary Virtues. Image cr. Paul Musso

David Herman


David Herman was a TV producer for twenty years and for the past twenty years has worked as a freelance writer, writing more than a thousand articles, reviews and essays for The New Statesman, Prospect, The Guardian and a wide range of Jewish publications including The Jewish Chronicle, Jewish Renaissance and The Jewish Quarterly.

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