Portrait Of A Jew

Memmi, Albert

Published by Orion Books, 1962
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Title: Portrait Of A Jew

Publisher: Orion Books

Publication Date: 1962

Binding: hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition.


New York. 1962. Orion Books. 1st Printing. Very Good In Worn and Internally Tape-Repaired Dustjacket. 21. 326 pages. hardcover. keywords:. inventory # 5609. FROM THE PUBLISHER - ‘Portrait of a Jew deals with my life as a Jew. I wrote it because I wanted to understand who I am - as a Jew - and what the fact of being a Jew has meant in my life. Since this demanded a ruthless honesty with myself I had to analyse all aspects of my being. But my being embraces that of so many other people, the portrait became no longer only my own. There exists, I now believe, a universal Jewish fate. More than my story this is the story of all Jews. I have tried to sum up my—our—position without apology, without caution, without niceties; I wanted to tell everything. I know what awaits me. My enemies will jeer and say that I admit the ‘weaknesses’ of the Jews; my friends— both Jewish and non-Jewish - will say that I give ammunition to the anti-Semites. Above all, I found it essential to avoid postures of respect and easy explanations - they only produce a state of complete paralysis when searching oneself. This book has a special importance for me: it is the beginning of a long struggle against myself and it completes and concludes everything I have written in the past. In any case, it is the book that caused me the greatest pain. I detest it.’ - Albert Memmi. Very Good In Worn and Internally Tape-Repaired Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 5609

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