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This is an auction for THE LAST KABBALIST OF LISBON by Richard Zimler.

"Recently, Jewish mysticism has become a popular draw, and this first novel - a best seller in Portugal, where it was first published and where American author Zimler lives - is worthy reading even for those in a nonphilosophical frame of mind. From the moment Berekiah Zarco, a Jewish resident of Lisbon during the early 1500s, discovers the murder of his religious mentor (with a nude female corpse beside the holy man), the story moves quickly. Trailing suspects, Zarco and his cronies navigate the blood-soaked streets of Lisbon during a Christian "purge" of Jewish faithful. Along the way, the reader learns about the age's homeopathic cures and observes a traditional Jewish exorcism. Those who understand and appreciate the history of Kabbalah can revel in the mysticism; the uninitiated will gain perspective while enjoying a literary and historical treat."
- Library Journal (US) review:

"The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon 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 forced to convert to Christianity. Many of these New Christians persevered in their Jewish prayers and rituals in secret; the hidden practices of the kabbalists, a mystical sect of Jews, continued as well. One such secret Jew, a manuscript illuminator, who searches for the killer of his beloved uncle Abraham, a renowned kabbalist and manuscript illuminator, discovered murdered in a hidden synagogue. This is a marvellous story, a challenging mystery, and a telling tale of the evils of intolerance, The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon both compels and entertains."

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Paperback 1999.

318 pages.

Very good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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