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The Elusive Embrace Desire and the Riddle of Identity

by Daniel Mendelsohn

  • ISBN: 9780375706974
  • ISBN10: 0375706976

The Elusive Embrace Desire and the Riddle of Identity

by Daniel Mendelsohn

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Publish date: 06/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780375706974
  • ISBN10: 0375706976
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Description: In an emotionally charged narrative that weaves together past and present, the personal and the scholarly, a young critic and classicist takes us on a search for the meaning of identity -- while showing through remarkably fresh and accessible readings of classical writers -- how ancient stories continue to hold truths for us today.

Mendelsohn takes us through the deceptively quiet streets of the suburb where he grew up; the southern university where he first experienced seductions both sexual and intellectual; internet chat rooms; the streets of Chelsea, Manhattan's newest gay ghetto; the quiet moonlit house where a close friend's small son gives him a lesson in fatherhood.

Mendelsohn's themes -- desire and sexuality, the hidden meanings of classical and Hebrew writings, the restless search for cultural and personal identity -- come together in a final revelation. In a neglected Jewish cemetery, the author uncovers a family secret that demonstrates the universal need for storytelling, for inventing myths of the self.

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