Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

To Jerusalem and Back
Saul Bellow


In the mid-1970s, Saul Bellow visited Israel. To Jerusalem and Back is his account of his time there. Immersing himself in its landscape and culture, he records the opinions, passions and dreams of Israelis of varying viewpoints – from Prime Minister Rabin, novelist Amos Oz and the editor of an Arab-language newspaper to a kibbutznik escaped from the Warsaw ghetto and the barber at Bellow’s hotel. Through meditations steeped in history and literature he adds his own reflections on being Jewish in the twentieth century. Bellow’s exploration of a beautiful and troubled city is a powerful testament to the unique spirit and challenges of Israel, its history and its future.

Paperback, 192pp
Penguin Books, 2008 (1976)
ISBN 9780141188874