George Prochnik’s essays, poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous journals. He is editor-at-large for Cabinet Magazine and won the National Jewish Book Award for The Impossible Exile.
George Prochnik: Reflections on Stefan Zweig and Exile
George Prochnik’s family fled Austria in the 1930s, at the same time as Stefan Zweig turned his back on Vienna for the last time. In The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World, Prochnik muses on the consequences of exile for Zweig and other émigré writers, such as Thomas Mann, Hannah Arendt and Bertolt Brecht, tracing Zweig’s tumultuous journey to his final destination, Brazil. George Prochnik talks to Erica Wagnerabout the dram...
The Jewish Question in 20th Century Literature
Racial and religious prejudice, persecution and the complexities of assimilation, forced 19th and 20th century writers and thinkers such as Kafka, Proust, Zweig, Némirovsky and Roth, to confront their Jewish identities in profound and often controversial ways. Our panel, writer George Prochnik, Professor Susan Suleiman, and curator of European collections at the NLI, Stefan Litt, elucidate.
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Gershom Scholem – Stranger In A Strange Land
George Prochnik, in a vivid and compelling mix of biography and personal memoir, traces the life and thought of the visionary founder of the modern study of Kabbalah, Gershom Scholem, from his alienated childhood in Berlin, to his emigration to the land of his dreams, where he finds himself once more a ‘stranger in a strange land’.
Kabbalah Revealed: Through history and fiction
Harry Freedman, author of the acclaimed The Talmud: A Biography, and novelist Ariel Kahn discuss and explore the meaning and relevance of the Kabbalah today. In Scandal, Secrecy and the Soul: A History of Kabbalah, Harry tells the fascinating story of Kabbalah from its earliest origins, while Ariel, in his debut novel Raising Sparks, tells the story of Malka, a young girl from Jerusalem’s Hassidic community, who discovers she has an extraordinary gift.
Rescuing Jewish Culture
Sponsored by the Maurice Freedman Trust.
In 1946 the American Military Government for Germany established the Offenbach Archival Depot to store, identify and restore the huge quantities of Nazi-looted books, archival material and ritual objects found hidden in German caches. The astonishing efforts of scholars and activists to rescue these cultural treasures – including over three million books from 19 European countries – after the Holocaust is brought to life by Elizabeth...
Heinrich Heine: Poet, Writer, Critic
Born in 1797 Heinrich Heine was a virtuoso German poet, satirist and visionary humanist whose dynamic life story and strikingly original writing are ripe for rediscovery. In Heinrich Heine: Writing a Revolution, George Prochnik, who won a National Jewish Book Award for his biography of Stefan Zweig, explores both his life and the insights his writing offers contemporary readers into issues of social justice, exile and the role of art in nurturing a more equitable soc...