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The Elsewhere: On Belonging at a Near Distance

The Elsewhere: On Belonging at a Near Distance
Author: Adam Zachary Newton
ISBN 13: 9780299208905
ISBN 10: 299208907
Edition: 1
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: 2005-06-27
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 412
List Price: $45.00

Using a "rhetoric of walking" and elaborating a Talmudic interpretive formula about the disposition of boundaries, Newton (English, U. of Texas, Austin) explores the literary landscape of "elsewhere." The writers he studies are a disparate company of 20th-century memoirists and fabulists from the Levant and East Central Europe, who traverse the boundaries of several literary forms, such as diary, memoir, fiction and travelogue. Newton pairs the texts so that they speak to one another in mutually revelatory ways. The encounters become acts of interpretation in themselves, participating in a drama of sojourn, belonging and reading. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR