Introduced by Brian Klug
Ahad Ha’am (the pen name of Asher Ginzberg) is mainly remembered as the ‘father of cultural Zionism’. But there was much more to the man and his thought. These essays, laced with a withering wit, show him to have been a brilliant exponent of the art of the essayist. Moreover, as the introduction by Brian Klug explains, his ideas have a direct relevance today, not least in confronting the future of Israel and Palestine. Ahad Ha’am has largely been consigned to history. These essays are selected with a view to making him available in the present, both as a major literary figure and as an acute observer of human nature.
“Ahad Ha’am’s essays were intended as provocations. Brian Klug revisits liberal Zionism’s formative thinker a century later reminding us in the introduction to this intelligently conceived volume of the pertinence of his fears, his premonitions.” – Steven J. Zipperstein, Stanford University, author of Elusive Prophet: Ahad Ha’am and the Origins of Zionism
“Reading Ahad Ha’am today is to be reminded of a strand of Zionism that concerned itself more with the moral ambitions of a future Jewish State than with its territorial expanse. The questions then asked and the debates then initiated have in no way lost their relevance and urgency.” – Göran Rosenberg, author of A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz