To Jerusalem and Back
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In 1975, Saul Bellow traveled through Israel, turning his keen powers of observation upon the country he did not know. This book is a record of his stay—his personal experiences and fleeting impressions—and a reflection upon what he ultimately learned about the hallowed land. In Bellow’s signature style, this personal account crackles with wit and controversy on America's relationship with this embattled country, and in a series of vignettes, Bellow captures the opinions, passions, and dreams of Israelis. The varying viewpoints of those he encounters and interviews offer a revealing look at the history and challenges of Israel, and Bellow's passionate storytelling draws listeners in to share in his experience, and dwell upon the Jewish experience in the twentieth century.