The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon (Paperback)

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A marvelous story, a challenging mystery, and a telling tale of the evils of intolerance, award-winning author Richard Zimler’s The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon both compels and entertains.
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.
“Vividly re-creates the world of ancient Lisbon . . . [A] many layered narrative, in which a suitably complex cast of characters plays a dangerous game with fate.” —New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Richard Zimler was born in New York and studied journalism at Stanford University. He has published eight novels over the last fifteen years, including the famous The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon. He has won numerous prizes for his work, and is a contributor to the Los Angeles Times Book Review. Visit zimler.com.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781585670222
ISBN-10: 1585670227
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication Date: March 15th, 2000
Pages: 320
Language: English