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Bookcover Russian Idea - Jewish Presence: Essays on Russian- Jewish Intellectual Life

Brian Horowitz

Russian Idea - Jewish Presence

Essays on Russian- Jewish Intellectual Life

Academic Studies Press
ISBN 978-19-3623-561-2
Boston 2013
310 pp., hardcover

Horowitz relays the paradoxes of a synthetic Jewish and Russian self-consciousness in order to correct critics who have always considered Russians and Jews to be polar opposites and even enemies. In fact, the best Russian-Jewish intellectuals Semyon Dubnov, Maxim Vinaver, Mikhail Gershenzon, and a number of Zionist writers and thinkers-were actually inspired by Russian culture and attempted to develop a sui generis Jewish creativity in three languages on Russian soil.