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ISBN 10: 0684841193 / ISBN 13: 9780684841199
Editore: THE FREE PRESS, NY, NY, 1997
Condizione: AS NEW CONDITION Brossura
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In 1914 Leo Frank, a Jewish factory owner in Georgia, was wrongfully accused of the rape and murder of a white Southern girl. He was tried, convicted, and lynched by an angry mob. In this searing narrative, David Mamet reconstructs the inner consciousness of this doomed hero, and in the process, powerfully challenges the assimilated American Jews of today by dramatizing the disastrous consequences of Frank's attachment to secular society.Based on extensive historical research, The Old Religion is artistically compelling and intellectually disturbing. Mamet has written a novel that is partly a work of moral philosophy, focusing on the theme of Jewish insecurity in a Christian society and exploring the psychology of assimilation as he seeks to expose the misplaced trust of Jews in a system of secular laws that, he seems to say, is designed not to protect the weak, but to mask our shared impulses toward tribalistic human cruelty.


For his second novel, playwright David Mamet chose as a subject the 1914 trial of Leo Frank, a Jew living in Georgia who was falsely accused of the rape and murder of a young girl at the factory he managed. Convicted on the perjurious testimony of the actual killer and several of his coworkers, Frank was later abducted from prison by a mob and lynched. "They covered his head, and they ripped his pants off and castrated him and hung him from the tree. A photographer took a picture showing the mob, one boy grinning at the camera, the body hanging, the legs covered by a blanket tied around the waist. The photo, reproduced as a postcard, was sold for many years in stores throughout the South."

The events are straightforward, and Mamet leaves no doubt over the course of the story as to the final outcome. But he does not portray the events so much as he probes the state of mind of Leo Frank, never relenting from the terse, stylized language familiar to fans of his plays. At the beginning of The Old Religion, despite his awareness of the growing anti-Semitism in the South (or perhaps because of it), Frank suppresses his heritage as much as possible. Even at a seder, "he pronounced the word kosher gingerly, as if to say, I don't disclaim that I have heard it, but I do not wish to say it freely, as to arrogate it to myself on the mere precedent of blood." But as the trial goes on, we are shown Frank's growing realization that, although he has embraced the American way of life, it will not embrace him in return.

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