Jerusalem: City of Mirrors
is an absorbing contemplation of the fabled city which for the Western mind remains as much a myth as a physical reality.
First published in 1990, Amos Elon’s elegant, dazzling biography of Jerusalem gives a profound insight into the kaleidoscopic culture of this eternally magical city. Battle-scarred from four thousand years of violent conflict, the holy city is a sacred symbol of Judaism, Islam and Christianity, and its religious wars of today reflect those of the past - Arab versus Jew, orthodox versus secular, continuity versus change.
‘Elon’s Jerusalem is both a learned book and a charming one ... He places us before a veritable many-layered mountain of myth and history, a compressed symbol of our most sublime aspirations along with our most disgusting, hatefully brainless excursions into religious bigotry and fratricide. It is a book as complex and surprising as the city itself.’ Arthur Miller
‘A brilliantly illuminating book.’ Philip Roth
‘A superbly readable study.’ Jewish Chronicle
‘A book which should be read by all.’ Catholic Herald
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