The Spinoza Problem: A Novel
The Spinoza Problem: A Novel

The Spinoza Problem: A Novel

by Irvin D. Yalom

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A haunting portrait of Arthur Rosenberg, one of Nazism's chief architects, and his obsession with one of history's most influential Jewish thinkers

In The Spinoza Problem, Irvin Yalom spins fact and fiction into an unforgettable psycho-philosophical drama. Yalom tells the story of the seventeenth-century thinker Baruch Spinoza, whose philosophy led to his own excommunication from the Jewish community, alongside that of the rise and fall of the Nazi ideologue Alfred Rosenberg, who two hundred years later during World War II ordered his task force to plunder Spinoza's ancient library in an effort to deal with the Nazis' "Spinoza Problem." Seamlessly alternating between Golden Age Amsterdam and Nazi Germany, Yalom investigates the inner lives of these two enigmatic men in a tale of influence and anxiety, the origins of good and evil, and the philosophy of freedom and the tyranny of terror.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465061853
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 02/26/2013
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 414,478
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Irvin D. Yalom is an emeritus professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and a psychiatrist in San Francisco. He was the recipient of the 1974 Edward Strecker Award and the 1979 Foundation's Fund Prize in Psychiatry. He is the author of numerous books, including Love's Executioner, The Gift of Therapy, and When Nietzsche Wept.

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The Spinoza Problem: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
qwertyz12 More than 1 year ago
I found this novel very interesting. The author uses the right blend of historical facts, Spinoza's writing, and fictional characterizations to bring Spinoza's rational philosophy to life. It's a fun read that may get you interested in reading some of Spinoza's writing. However, if you hold strong religious views and can't see the world from a different perspective, this may not be the book for you.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Apart from learning about jewish traditions and dogma, I didn't get much out of this book. I prefer "When Nietzsche wept".