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Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewess Hardcover – October 16, 1997

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (October 16, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080185587X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801855870
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,252,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thanks to the diligent researches of Liliane Weissberg, the editor of this new edition... we now finally have the first complete text [of Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewess], including the annotations that Arendt herself had been unable to supply because of her abrupt departure from Germany in 1933. For the first time we can find our way through the book's thick forest of quotations and other literary and historical allusions..." -- Amos Elon, New York Review of Books

"Reading Rahel Varnhagen today, I am startled to see that it is neither Jewishness nor womanness that holds my attention. What is striking now are the extraordinary similarities between Rahel's period and our own, and how much a creature of the time she seems to be... Seen against the disturbed and disturbing climate of a time, then as now, in which profound questions of self and world are being asked, Rahel's double portion of outsiderness cannot help but sound a deep note in the responsive reader." -- Vivian Gornick, The Nation


"Weissberg has provided a fascinating introduction in which Arendt's biography emerges also as an autobiography, a book that from its first draft in 1933 until years after its publication was part of Arendt's debate with her teacher Karl Jaspers about what it means to be German, what it means to be Jewish." -- Natalie Zemon Davis, Princeton University

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0 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 11, 2010
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This book should be read in conjunction with the Arendt-Jaspers correspondence and her correspondence with her second husband, Heinrich Bluecher.
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Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) taught political science and philosophy at The New School for Social Research in New York and the University of Chicago. Widely acclaimed as a brilliant and original thinker, her works include Eichmann in Jerusalem and The Human Condition.