Marc Nichanian

Marc Nichanian, the author of “Our Place in al-Andalus: Kabbalah, Philosophy, Literature in Arab Jewish Letters” (2002) has a new book out about genocide: “The Historiographic Perversion”. The Armenian Reporter summarizes Nichanian’s thesis this way: Genocide is a matter of law. It is also a matter of history. And the denial of genocide – often called the last stage of genocide – attacks the foundations of both, argues philosopher and literary critic…

Dos Santos: Codex 632 (2005)

Codex 632: The Secret of Christopher Columbus, written by Jose Rodrigues Dos Santos four years ago, got published in English two years ago, and the mass paperback edition came out this summer. Here is Booklists’s short summary: Thomas Noronha, Portuguese history professor and cryptanalyst, receives a call from a shadowy American foundation, and before you can say Da Vinci Code, he’s deep into an investigation of the research done by…

Perec: Life: A User’s Manual (1978)

Joshua Cohen‘s review in Tablet magazine, of Georges Perec‘s 1978 book, Life: A User’s Manual, just republished in a new translation, argues that Perec followed a kabbalistic tradition: Forget that each chapter’s length is predetermined, that each chapter’s people are predetermined; forget each list of activities, of physical positions, and reading material; what’s most kabbalistic about Perec, and about the best of Oulipo, is not this technical aspect but the…

Adam’s Wall (film, 2008)

According to an Hour.ca review Adam’s Wall, a Canadian movie from last year, about the love story of a Lebanese woman and a Jewish man has kabbalistic references: The rift between their two cultures deepens. Then bombs fall on Beirut, and Yasmine’s mother goes missing. The drama between Paul and Yasmine deepens. Winding through all this is an interplay of mystical secrets of Sufism and Kabbalah being kept by a…

Winkler: Daily Kabbalah (2009)

Gershon Winkler edited a new book with a short kabbalistic quote for every day of a 365 days long year. This time it’s titled: Daily Kabbalah: Wisdom from the Tree of Life. His previous, similarly structured book, from five years ago was titled: Kabbalah 365: Daily Fruit from the Tree of Life. Here is the official description for the new one, from the publisher, North Atlantic Books: From sorcery to…

Link updates

For each book present in this site’s catalog I add a link to the book’s page on Amazon.com, LibraryThing.com, Books.Google.com and WorldCat.org. These site keep growing and they continue to add more books to their listings. Thus they now may have a book they didn’t have when I added them to my site. Therefore I now checked my listings against them and sure enough there were plenty of missing links.…

Ruttenberg (editor): The Passionate Torah (2009)

NYU Press, the publisher of The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism has this to say about its offering In this unique collection of essays, some of today’s smartest Jewish thinkers explore a broad range of fundamental questions in an effort to balance ancient tradition and modern sexuality. In the last few decades a number of factors—post-modernism, feminism, queer liberation, and more—have brought discussion of sexuality to the fore, and with…

Elior: Dybbuks and Jewish Women in Social History, Mysticism, and Folklore (2008)

You can read on lots of sites the standard description of Rachel Elior‘s book from last year: Dybbuks and Jewish Women in Social History, Mysticism, and Folklore, and I will share it at the end too. But first I would like to point your attention to a resources that goes beyond that short paragraph. It is an interview with the author from last September in Tablet Magazine, Here is a…

Rebbe Nachman–Inspirational Teachings

A few weeks ago Jewish Lights Publishing sent out an email about Rebbe Nachman and the seven books they published by/of related to him. The introduction of the email page reads: “Timeless wisdom and illuminating tales from one of the most quoted Hasidic masters, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. Even after two centuries, his teachings are potent and meaningful. Through captivating stories and collections of his aphorisms, Rebbe Nachman provides vital…

Arditti: The Enemy of the Good (2009)

Michael Arditti‘s novel titled The Enemy of the Good was published in the UK in April and is coming it in the US next February. Based on the description of the book at the author’s site  I believe Kabbalah is not a major theme as it seem to influence only one of the characters. Not having read the book itself I cannot judge yet, neither can judge what colors the…