By Simon Schama
Belonging is an impressive cultural heritage abundantly alive with power, personality and color. It spans centuries and continents, from the Jews’ expulsion from Spain in 1492 it navigates miracles and massacres, wandering, discrimination, concord and tolerance; to the edge of the 20th century and, it sort of feels, some extent of profound hope.
It tells the tales not only of rabbis and philosophers yet of a poetess within the ghetto of Venice; a boxer in Georgian England; a basic in Ming China; an opera composer in nineteenth-century Germany. the tale unfolds in Kerala and Mantua, the starlit hills of Galilee, the rivers of Colombia, the kitchens of Istanbul, the taverns of Ukraine and the mining camps of California. It sails in caravels, rides the degree coaches and the railways; trudges the sunrise streets of London, hobbles in addition to the remnant of Napoleon’s ruined military.
Through Schama’s passionate telling of this moment chronicle in an epic story, a background emerges of the Jewish people who feels it's the tale of everybody, of humanity.
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