City of the Book

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Merav Mack, Benjamin Balint
  • New Haven, CT: 
    Yale University Press
    , March
     272 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Hannah Griese forthcoming.


A captivating journey through the hidden libraries of Jerusalem, where some of the world’s most enduring ideas were put into word.

In this enthralling book, Merav Mack and Benjamin Balint explore Jerusalem’s libraries to tell the story of this city as a place where some of the world’s most enduring ideas were put into words. The writers of Jerusalem, although renowned the world over, are not usually thought of as a distinct school; their stories as Jerusalemites have never before been woven into a single narrative. Nor have the stories of the custodians, past and present, who safeguard Jerusalem’s literary legacies.
By showing how Jerusalem has been imagined by its writers and shelved by its librarians, Mack and Balint tell the untold history of how the peoples of the book have populated the city with texts. In their hands, Jerusalem itself—perched between East and West, antiquity and modernity, violence and piety—comes alive as a kind of labyrinthine library.



About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Merav Mack is Reserach Fellow in Contemporary Christianity in Jordan at the German Protestant Institute for Archaeology at Augusta Victoria. Her current research focuses on Christian minorities in the Middle East.

Benjamin Balint is Library Fellow at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem. His previous books include Running Commentary and Kafka’s Last Trial.

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