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Old New Land (Altneuland) [Paperback]

Theodor Herzl
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12 Jun 2011
The Old New Land is the classic utopian novel published by Theodor Herzl, who is in effect the father of Israel. A very well-written work of fiction, it also outlines Herzl’s progressve vision for a Jewish state in the Land of Israel.

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (12 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463587333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463587338
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,027,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Theodor Herzl born Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl was an Austro-Hungarian journalist and writer. He is considered to have been the father of modern political Zionism and in effect the founder of the State of Israel. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not proofread 25 Jan 2010
By gloda
There is on average one spelling mistake per page in this edition. Mostly punctuation that is missing or full stops that pop up in the middle of a sentence. It looks as if the whole text has been scanned out of another book and the software did a hack job with it. If this text had been proofread only once these errors should have been evident. At this price, about twice as much as most other paperbacks this size, I'd have expected better editing.
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Staggeringly badly produced. From the fuzzy, out of focus cover image, through the endless typos and poor type-setting, this couldn't be shoddier as a product. I presume it's an Amazon print-on-demand job because there are no publisher's details, date or place of publication. A real shocker - Beware!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a book to read in the tube 28 May 2013
By Corina
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Not a ponderous book but if you want to read it in the car, train or while you wait for someone forget about it. I love it !
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3.0 out of 5 stars Typographical Errors Make Reading Difficult 15 Feb 2010
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While the content of Old New Land (Altneuland) gives a fascinating look into Hertzl's ideals for the development of a Jewish homeland, the Filiquarian edition makes reading continuity very difficult due to the tremendous amount of typographical errors. Often the typo does not interfere with the content of the text - modem for modern, or random periods throughout - but there are cases where the characters' statements are incomprehensible due to the error. Filiquarian Publishing, LLC offers no contact information on their website or within the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An important and interesting book, but a terrible translation 6 Sep 2012
By Yaakov Ben Shalom - Published on Amazon.com
Late in life, Theodor Herzl wrote this book to explain his vision for a Jewish settlement in Palestine. He covered politics, religion, education, and social matters in great detail. For anyone interested in Zionism or the history of Israel, this is a must-read.

But Herzl was a frustrated (or failed) writer, and rather than write a straightforward tract, he wrote a novel -- and a novel that is rather like a play. While the factual information conveyed is fascinating and Herzl was a political visionary, he wasn't much of a writer. As a result, the plot of Old-New Land is rather mediocre.

One final note: The translation and editing of this book is TERRIBLE. The translation from German into English, done by Lotte Levensohn in 1929, is simply not very good. She used archaic or awkward expressions, even by the standards of 1929. The explanatory footnotes accompanying the the text are pathetic. They do nothing to clarify unknown terms or relate forgotten historic items. Instead, they enthusiastically point out how technologically and socially advanced modern Israel is, making reference to Herzl's proposals for the use of technology in Palestine. The typsetting is also riddled with typos or incorrect terms/translations. It's too bad that no publisher wants to issue a new, modern edition, and this is all the English-reading public has.

In sum: Five stars for importance, three stars for plot, and one star for translation and editing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Full of editing mistakes 11 Sep 2013
By tigermama - Published on Amazon.com
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This seminal novel from Herzl is unfortunately subject to numerous editing errors in this edition - there are punctuation, spelling, and formatting issues on nearly every page. I would give the book itself 4 stars, but this edition deserves negative stars; the publishing company should be ashamed to put a book out in this condition.
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 10 Sep 2013
By Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of the most interesting books I have read in awhile. It might have been easier to read then Der Judenstaat, Herzl's other book. The focus of both books is the same, to explain how Israel could be born at a time when the thought of it's creation was considered an impossible joke. But, this one is told as a novel which gives great insight into the life of Jews in Europe during the 1800's, while also lecturing on economics and politics. As a note: Zionism is the belief that the people of Zion belong at the place of Zion, and of this idea Herzl was not the creator, but maybe the long needed reviver.
5.0 out of 5 stars read! 30 May 2011
By miko - Published on Amazon.com
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an amazing fantasy by a visionary who never lived to see (most of) this actually come true! how did he know? read the book, then read about the author, then check out this miracle.
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