“Rare among the defenders of the Jews–and of Judaism–Mamet recognizes the romance in the story of his ancient religion and race, and finds the words beautiful enough to describe it.”–The International Jerusalem Post
“Like everything Mamet does, [The Wicked Son] is blunt and bracing, honest and provocative, original and gutsy.”
—The New York Times Book Review
Available for the first time in trade paperback, from one of our most provocative writers, an eloquent and unsettling look at one of the most politically destructive ideas in contemporary life. David Mamet’s interest in anti-Semitism is not limited to the modern face of an ancient hatred but encompasses as well the ways in which many Jews have themselves internalized that hatred. Using the metaphor of the Wicked Son at the Passover seder-the child who asks, “What does this story mean to you?”-Mamet confronts what he sees as an insidious predilection among some Jews to seek truth and meaning anywhere – in other religions, in political movements, in mindless entertainment- but in Judaism itself. At the same time, he explores the ways in which the Jewish tradition has long been and still remains the Wicked Son in the eyes of the world.
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