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Book Title: The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon|
The size of the: 4.75 MB
Edition: The Overlook Press
Date of issue: March 15th 2000
ISBN 13: 9781585670222
The author of the book: Richard Zimler
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon:The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, an international bestseller, is an extraordinary novel that transports listeners into the universe of Jewish Kabbalah during the Lisbon massacre of April 1506. Just a few years earlier, Jews living in Portugal were dragged to the baptismal font and forced to convert to Christianity. Many of these New Christians persevered in their Jewish prayers and rituals in secret and at great risk; the hidden, arcane practices of the kabbalists, a mystical sect of Jews, continued as well.
One such secret Jew was Berekiah Zarco, an intelligent young manuscript illuminator. Inflamed by love and revenge, he searches, in the crucible of the raging pogrom, for the killer of his beloved uncle Abraham, a renowned kabbalist and manuscript illuminator, discovered murdered in a hidden synagogue along with a young girl in dishabille. Risking his life in streets seething with mayhem, Berekiah tracks down answers among Christians, New Christians, Jews, and the fellow kabbalists of his uncle, whose secret language and codes by turns light and obscure the way to the truth he seeks.
Read information about the authorRichard Zimler was born in Roslyn Heights, a suburb of New York City, in 1956. After earning a bachelor's degree in comparative religion from Duke University (1977) and a master's degree in journalism from Stanford University (1982), he worked for eight years as a journalist, mainly in the San Francisco Bay area. In 1990, he moved to Porto, Portugal, and he has taught journalism for the last sixteen years, first at the College of Journalism and now at the University of Porto. Richard has both American and Portuguese nationality. He has published seven novels over the last decade: "The Seventh Gate; "The Search for Sana"; "Guardian of the Dawn"; "Hunting Midnight"; "The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon"; "The Angelic Darkness"; and "Unholy Ghosts." His novels have appeared on bestseller lists in 12 different countries, including the USA, Great Britain, Portugal, Italy, and Australia. Richard has won numerous prizes for his work, including a 1994 National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and the 1998 Herodotus Award for the best historical novel. "The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon" was picked as 1998 Book of the Year by three British critics and both "The Search for Sana" and "Hunting Midnight" have been nominated by Portuguese libraries for the Internatinal IMPAC Literary Award. "The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon", "Hunting Midnight", "Guardian of the Dawn" and "The Seventh Gate" form the “Sephardic Cycle,” a group of inter-connected – but fully independent – novels about different branches and generations of a Portuguese Jewish family. Richard also writes reviews for the L.A. Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. When he's not writing, he enjoys gardening at his weekend house in the north of Portugal. - Zimler.com
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