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Galicia Mon Amour
Leon Wieseltier in conversation with Daniel Mendelsohn
Jan 16 2007


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Pilgrimages to the Past Torments and Exhilarations
Two of America’s pre-eminent critics and authors discuss the torments and exhilarations of their pilgrimages to the past. In the fall of 2006, Leon Wieseltier traveled for the first time to the remains of his parents’ towns in Galicia. As it happens, Daniel Mendelsohn’s family, also largely destroyed in the Holocaust, came from a town only a short distance away. Wieseltier and Mendelsohn compare notes on the ruins of their common origins.

Leon Wieseltier, Literary Editor of The New Republic since 1983, was born in 1952 in Brooklyn, New York. He was educated at the Yeshiva of Flatbush, Columbia College, Balliol College of the University of Oxford and Harvard University. Weiseltier was a Member of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University from 1979-1982. Author of Kaddish, the winner of the 1998 National Jewish Book Award, he has also authored Against Identity and Nuclear War, Nuclear Peace, and is the editor of The Moral Obligation to be Intelligent: Selected Essays of Lionel Trilling. He has published widely on Jewish culture and politics.

Daniel Mendelsohn, an author, journalist, and critic, began his writing career soon after completing his doctorate in Classics at Princeton in 1994. His articles, essays, reviews and translations have appeared in such publications as The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, and Travel + Leisure, where is he a contributing editor. Mendelsohn’s books include his memoir The Elusive Embrace: Desire and the Riddle of Identity (a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year), and a scholarly study, Gender and the City in Euripides’ Political Plays. The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, his latest book, the story of his search to learn about the fates of family members who perished in the Holocaust, became a national bestseller soon after its publication in September. Among his awards are the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award for Excellence in Criticism, the 2002 George Jean Nathan Prize for Drama Criticism and the 2005 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Mr. Mendelsohn is the Charles Ranlett Flint Professor of Humanities at Bard College.