The Spinoza Problem: a novel by Irvin D. Yalom

It was hard to imagine how a novel devoted to long sections of philosophical and theological discussion could be absolutely riveting, but it is.  The contrast between the 17th-century genius philosopher Spinoza and the 20th-century Nazi Alfred Rosenberg is chilling.  A psychiatrist, the author imagines in detail how his psychiatrist-character would probe the mind of Rosenberg, who sought for most of his adult life to find why his hero, Goethe, admired the Jewish Spinoza.

Reviewed by Charleynne


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