"This book offers a rich sense of Levinas as a person, and is valuable for elucidating the Jewish context and content of his thought. . . . This is the best biography of Levinas available." --Choice
"In Salomon Malka's masterful new biography of Levinas, the first in English for this most unique and challenging thinker, we are provided glimpses of the master through elegantly constructed fragments and miniatures detailing the facts of his life and the profound effect that he had on others. . . . In the course of these enlightening portraits from those who best knew him we learn how to better read Levinas as the details that are unearthed serve to unfold the many hermetic passages in Levinas books." --Tikkun Magazine
"English-language readers owe a debt of gratitude to Michael Kigel and Sonja M. Embree for translating Malka's French text (Emmanuel Levinas: La vie et la trace, 2002
) into a very clear English. . . . This biography exceeds its expectations in successfully narrating a story about Emmanual Levinas the family man, the rigorous scholar, the passionate teacher, the Jew." --Shofar
About the Author
ALOMON MALKA is a writer and journalist. He is editorial director for the French radio station RCJ (La Radio de la Communauté) and is a regular contributor to the Jewish monthly l Arche.
He is also the author of Lire Lévinas
(1989) and Jésus rendu aux siens
MICHAEL KIGEL is Dean of the Jewish Leadership Program at the Lauder Business School, Vienna.
SONJA M. EMBREE received her PhD in existential phenomenology from Duquesne University. She is now at the University of British Columbia where she coordinates the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Program and belongs to the Centre for Rural Health Research team.