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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > OCTOBER 2016 > Chasing Utopia: The Future of the Kibbutz in a Divided Israel

Chasing Utopia: The Future of the Kibbutz in a Divided Israel

David Leach

ECW Press

READING DAVID LEACH’S thoroughly researched and expertly envisioned new book, one cannot help but be reminded of the twin etymology of the word “utopia.” The term comes from both the Greek eu topos, meaning a “good place,” and ou topos, meaning “no place.” This double life of utopias – societies that are idealized into perfection, yet do not (and cannot) ever actually exist – is no better typified than in the kibbutzim of Israel, a topic with which Leach has been intimately acquainted for more than 25 years. In this self-described “investigative travel memoir,” Leach details his own experience volunteering on a kibbutz and the larger role that these communes have played in the formation of Israel and its relentless and deadly conflict with the Palestinian people.

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