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Greetings From Angelus
Poems
By (author): Gershom Scholem Translated by: Richard Sieburth Introduction by: Steven Wasserstrom
9780914671978 Paperback, Trade English General Trade POETRY / European / German Jan 30, 2018
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Forthcoming 5.5 x 6.5 in 170 pages BILLINGUAL EDITION GERMAN/ENGLISH Steerforth Press Archipelago
A bilingual collection of poetry from pioneering scholar in Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism, Gershom Scholem.

With this volume, Scholem’s work reaches beyond the confines of the academy and enters a literary dialogue with writers and philosophers like Walter Benjamin and Hans Jonas.

Gershom Scholem’s The Fullness of Time contains dark, lucid political poems about Zionism and assimilation, parodies of German and Jewish philosophers, and poems to writers and friends such as Walter Benjamin, Hans Jonas, Ingeborg Bachmann, S. Y. Agnon, among others. The earliest poems in this volume begin in 1915 and extend to 1967, revealing how poetry played a formative role in Scholem’s early life and career. This collection is translated by Richard Sieburth, who comments, “Scholem’s acts of poetry still speak to us (and against us) to this very day, simultaneously grounded as they are in the impossibly eternal and profoundly occasional.” The volume is edited and introduced by Steven M. Wasserstrom, who carefully situates the poems in Scholem’s historical, biographical, and theological landscape.

A collection of poetry, in both German and English, exploring Zionism, German and Jewish philosophers, and the work of writers such as Walter Benjamin and Hans Jonas.

Written by Gershom Scholem, the founder of the modern study of Kabbalah and a former Professor of Jewish Mysticism at the Hebrew University.

Translated by and afterword written by Richard Sieburth, a preeminent translator of German poetry.

Edited and introduced by Steven M. Wasserstrom, author of Religion after Religion and the Moe and Izetta Tonkon Professor of Judaic Studies and the Humanities at Reed College.

Gershom Scholem was born in Berlin in 1897 and settled in Jerusalem in 1923. For years he was Professor of Jewish Mysticism at the Hebrew University. Many regard Scholem as the founder of the modern academic study of Kabbalah. His many books include Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism, On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism, Sabbatai Sevi: The Mystical Messiah, and Walter Benjamin: The Story of a Friendship. He died in 1982.

About Translator: Richard Sieburth teaches Comparative Literature at New York University. His translations include Friedrich Hölderlin’s Hymns and Fragments, Michel Leiris’s Nights as Day, Walter Benjamin’s Moscow Diary, Gérard de Nerval’s Selected Writings, and Maurice Scève’s Delie. His English edition of Nerval won the 2000 PEN Book-of- the-Month-Club Translation Prize.

Author Residence: Jerusalem, Israel (deceased)

Author Hometown: Berlin, Germany

“Gershom Scholem’s scholarship was of [the] rare, life-giving kind. Not only have his studies of the Kabbalah altered…the image of Judaism—but his explorations, translations, and presentations of Kabbalistic writings exercise a formidable influence on literary theory at large, on the ways in which non-Jewish and wholly agnostic critics and scholars read poetry.” —George Steiner, New Yorker

“Gershom Scholem’s achievement has already put a generation of readers in his debt. He has intrepidly, singlehandedly, almost monomaniacally pursued the task of saving the literature of Jewish mysticism…restoring it to an estate of respect, honor, and importance.” —Arthur A. Cohen, New York Times Book Review

“Abrupt, magisterial, quizzical, sometimes acidulous, and at moments poignantly wistful…. Scholem’s verses return to an authentic Hasidic tradition of indicting God.” —Harold Bloom

“An excellent bilingual selection. Richard Sieburth’s versions are lucid, sensitive, forceful, and always attentive to the originals. Steven Wasserstrom’s incisive commentary provides the ideal context…. Given the complexities that it resolves-historical, biographical, theological, literary-this edition is a model of its kind.” —Jeremy Adler, The Times Literary Supplement


“Scholem has rare gifts for synthesis and generalization, as several of his more recent essays on Jewish messianism and tradition demonstrate, but his mind is equally remarkable for the way it adheres to the smallest particles of particular historical experience” - Robert Alter

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