In search of Rahel

A journey to the Russian town of Saratov to find the house in which Rahel the Poetess grew up.

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August 2, 2015 18:30
Rahel Bluwstein

The house of Rahel Bluwstein (inset) in the small city of Saratov, Russia.. (photo credit: MIKHAIL BABENKOV/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

 
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Boris Abramovich Medvedev is infatuated. A professor of the philosophy of science, his world is that of rationality and positivism. Yet at the age of 71, Rahel is the love of his life.

Like Rahel, he was born in Saratov on the banks of the Volga. But from here on, the relationship between the scientist and the femme fatale of the Second and Third Aliya lies in the realm of the metaphysical.

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