The Singer on the Shore: Essays 1991-2004 (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Singer on the Shore Gathers together several essays, spanning subjects from the Bible, Shakespeare and Kafka to Rembrandt, Kierkegaarde and Tristram Shandy. This work is unified by the twin themes of Jewish experience, with its consciousness of exile and the time-bound nature of human activity, and of the role of the work of art as a toy.
- Published: 28 May 2006
- Format: Paperback 224 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781857548440 ISBN 10: 1857548442
- Sales rank: 753,278
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The Singer on the Shore: Essays 1991-2004
Gabriel Josipovici is one of the finest critics writing in English today. Very few can match his range, his exacting intelligence and the readability of his essays. This collection contains pieces on the Bible, Shakespeare, Kafka, Borges and the powerful Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld, a consideration of Rembrandt's self-portraits and the contemporary artist Andrzej Jackowski. It's the ideal introduction to the range of his interests. Josipovici is a critic but he is also, crucially, a wonderful teacher. His criticism doesn't score points, it informs at the deepest level. Whilst his writing is philosophically acute (the works of Maurice Blanchot, Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard inform all that he writes), it is his practice as a (highly underrated) novelist that makes his criticism so persuasive and so deft. Josipovici understands that the challenge of Modernism has not yet been fully answered and writes knowing that the Big Questions that art asks about life are still the most interesting ones. by Mark Thwaite