"A brilliantly illuminating book." (Philip Roth). "Jerusalem: City of Mirrors" is an absorbing contemplation of the fabled city which for the Western mind remains as much a myth as a physical reality. First published in 1990, Amos Elon's elegant, ...
dazzling biography of Jerusalem gives a profound insight into the kaleidoscopic culture of this eternally magical city. Battle-scarred from four thousand years of violent conflict, the holy city is a sacred symbol of Judaism, Islam and Christianity, and its religious wars of today reflect those of the past - Arab versus Jew, orthodox versus secular, continuity versus change. "Elon's "Jerusalem" is both a learned book and a charming one ...He places us before a veritable many-layered mountain of myth and history, a compressed symbol of our most sublime aspirations along with our most disgusting, hatefully brainless excursions into religious bigotry and fratricide. It is a book as complex and surprising as the city itself." (Arthur Miller). "A superbly readable study." ("Jewish Chronicle"). "A book which should be read by all." ("Catholic Herald")