The Last Kabbalist Of Lisbon

The Last Kabbalist Of Lisbon

by RichardZimler (Author)


A gripping literary mystery in the tradition of The Name of the Rose , set among secret Jews living in Lisbon in the sixteenth century. The year is 1506, and the streets of Lisbon are seething with fear and suspicion when Abraham Zarco is found dead, a naked girl at his side. Abraham was a renowned kabbalist, a practitioner of the arcane mysteries of the Jewish tradition at a time when the Jews of Portugal were forced to convert to Christianity. Berekiah, a talented young manuscript illuminator, investigated his uncle's murder, and discovers in th kabbalah clues that lead him into the labyrinth of secrets in which Jews sought to hide from their persecutors.



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Format: Paperback
Pages: 318
Edition: New Ed
Publisher: Gardners Books
Published: 01 Jan 2000

ISBN 10: 1900850311
ISBN 13: 9781900850315

Media Reviews
Remarkable erudition and compelling imagination, an American Umberto Eco - The Spectator Gripping, richly written and overflowing with historic detail - New York Times
Author Bio
Richard Zimler, born in 1956 in New York, has lived in Portugal since 1990, where he is a professor of journalism at the University of Porto. His short fiction, which has appeared in Britain in the London Magazine and in America in The James White Review, won the 1994 Panurge Prize. Zimler is the author of numerous novels, including The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon (1997), one of Arcadia's most successful books, and Angelic Darkness (1999.