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From Kabbalah to Class Struggle
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From Kabbalah to Class Struggle: Expressionism, Marxism, and Yiddish Literature in the Life and Work of Meir Wiener

Mikhail Krutikov


This book is an intellectual biography of Meir Wiener (1893–1941), an Austrian-Jewish intellectual and a student of Jewish mysticism who emigrated to the Soviet Union in 1926 and reinvented himself as a Marxist scholar and Yiddish writer. Wiener's life story offers a glimpse into the complexities and controversies of Jewish intellectual and cultural history of pre-war Europe. Wiener made a remarkable career as a Yiddish scholar and writer in the Stalinist Soviet Union, and left an unfinished novel about Jewish intellectual bohemia of Weimar Berlin. He was a brilliant intellectual, a controvers ... More

Keywords: Meir Wiener, Austrian-Jewish intellectual, Jewish mysticism, Kabbalah, Soviet Union, Yiddish, Jewish intellectual, interwar Europe, expressionism, Marxism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780804770071
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804770071.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mikhail Krutikov, author