The Elsewhere. Or, midbar - biblical Hebrew for both ""wilderness"" and ""speech."" A place of possession and dispossession, loss and nostalgia. But also a place that speaks. Ingeniously using a Talmudic interpretive formula about the disposition of boundaries, Newton explores narratives of ""place, flight, border, and beyond."" The writers of The Elsewhere are a disparate company of twentieth-century memoirists and fabulists from the Levant (Palestine/Israel, Egypt) and East Central Europe. Together, their texts - paired so as to speak to one another in mutually revelatory ways - narrate the paradox of the ""near distance.
Adam Zachary Newton is the Jane and Rowland Blumberg Centennial Professor in English at the University of Texas at Austin. His previous books include Narrative Ethics; Facing Black and Jew; Literature as Public Space; and most recently The Fence and the Neighbor: Levinas, Leibowitz, and Israel among the Nations.