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The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 1998; vuoden 2000 painos)

– tekijä: Richard Zimler (Tekijä)

Sarjat: Zarco (Book 1), Sephardic Cycle (1)

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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. A marvelous story, a challenging mystery, and a telling tale of the evils of intolerance, The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon both compels and entertains.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon
Kirjailijat:Richard Zimler (Tekijä)
Info:Harry N. Abrams (2000), Edition: Reprint, 318 pages
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Em abril de 1506, durante as celebrações da Páscoa, cerca de dois mil cristãos-novos foram mortos num pogrom em Lisboa e os seus corpos queimados no Rossio. Reinava então D. Manuel, o Venturoso, e os frades incitavam o povo à matança, acusando os cristãos-novos de serem a causa da fome e da peste que flagelavam a cidade.
Berequias, sobrinho e discípulo de Abraão Zarco - iluminador e membro respeitado da célebre escola cabalística de Lisboa -, vai encontrar o tio e uma jovem desconhecida mortos na cave que servia de templo secreto desde que a sinagoga fora encerrada pelos cristãos-velhos. Um valioso manuscrito iluminado também desapareceu do seu esconderijo. Estarão os dois incidentes relacionados? Terá sido um cristão ou um judeu, como os indícios fazem crer, a assassinar o tio? Quem será a rapariga morta?
Publicado originalmente em Portugal, "O Último Cabalista de Lisboa" é um extraordinário romance histórico, que catapultou o seu autor para um sucesso internacional, tendo sido publicado em toda a Europa, nos Estados Unidos e Brasil, onde depressa se tornou um bestseller. ( )
  LuisFragaSilva | Nov 9, 2020 |
During 1507 Lisbon, Portugal, a kabbalist’s nephew sets out to solve his uncle’s murder & to learn the lessons his uncle tried to teach him even from the grave, all while old Christians were burning alive “new” Christians (Jews who were forced to convert). I loved how much of the mystery involved books (angels, as the main character describes them). A vast number of characters & the ending is told like a documentary: what happened to each character years later, when the main character was writing this story. The story is graphic (violence and sex) and brutal. But everything about it is in detail and the descriptions of illuminating books were lovely. I’d read more by this author. ( )
  KarenMonsen | Oct 12, 2020 |
Ambientato a Lisbona nell'antico quartiere di Alfama durante gli avvenimenti sanguinosi e i pogrom del 1506 dopo che gli ebrei furono espulsi dalla penisola iberica dai rispettivi regnanti (cfr. Decreto dell'Alhambra), il romanzo narra – ad un primo livello interpretativo – le vicissitudini della famiglia Zarco: la storia è presentata dal giovane Berekiah Zarco, cabalista "nascosto" e miniaturista, che tornando a casa rinviene suo zio e mentore, Abraham Zarco, assassinato insieme ad una ragazza sconosciuta. I corpi, entrambi nudi, giacciono nell cantina di casa (usata come sinagoga segreta, a causa delle persecuzioni) e la porta è chiusa dall'interno. I due sono stati sgozzati seguendo un rituale ebraico, ed è scomparsa una miniatura in cui Abraham ha dato ai personaggi biblici il volto di amici e conoscenti. Non si sa chi sia la ragazza, né come abbia fatto l'assassino a fuggire. (fonte: Wikipedia)
  MemorialeSardoShoah | Apr 26, 2020 |
I was traveling to Portugal and found this book to read while there and after. I did enjoy the work, as it was a mystery [one of my favorite genres] and about the 1500s there [a period I enjoy reading about]. It was an interesting book and mentioned a number of the cities we traveled to. And reading it causes me to want to do more looking into that period of history in Portugal. ( )
  VictoriaJZ | Oct 21, 2019 |
An enemy one knows is often easier to bear than one who is unknown

Plot in a Nutshell
In the late 1400s all Portuguese Jews were forced to convert and became “New Christians” although many continued to practice in secret and at great personal risk. In Spring 1506 as the shadow of the Inquisition started to be seen in Lisbon a drought was further exacerbated by a plague and a large scale pogrom began. Against this backdrop Abraham, a Kabbalist is killed in an apparently locked room and his grief stricken nephew Berekiah Zarco seeks his killer whilst trying to survive the devastation.

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Zimler had clearly invested a good deal of time and effort in his research and the geographical detail in the novel was rich and immersive without ever seeming to be clunky or forced – it felt like I was running through the streets of Lisbon with Zarco. The historical detail too was impressive and I finished the novel feeling much more aware of a period of history I had not known a great deal about. The writing of some of the scenes were deeply dark and visceral and Zimler’s prose impacted all of my senses – it may have felt uncomfortable to read at times but he absolutely captured the brutality and horror of the time. Here though my enjoyment of the novel stopped.
The novel purports to be a direct translation from a contemporary manuscript – however the tone, structure and language (particularly some of the highly sexual content) did not match and left me always a little confused. It seems like an unnecessary layer to have added.
However, for me the main issue with the novel was the characterisation. As expected for a story about a whole community there is a large cast of characters and I struggled a little to keep them all straight in my head or care as they inevitably suffered through the days of the massacre. In the main cast I found no one particularly sympathetic. Abraham, the uncle and victim of the crime that forms the main mystery section of the novel was cold and patronising and I found it difficult to be moved by his death or the subsequent investigation.
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"Zimler's portrait of the city (and the New Christians' uneasy place within it) enriches his many-layered narrative, in which a suitably complex cast of characters plays a dangerous game with fate."
 
"The novel exhibits a curious predilection for revoltingly detailed descriptions of torture and murder, but there’s no gainsaying its authoritative re-creation of an imperilled culture in a savage time and place, or the force of the prophecy that Berekiah finally infers from the mystery of the death his Uncle doubtless expected—and may have courted."
lisäsi bookfitz | muokkaaKirkus Reviews (Mar 1, 1998)
 

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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. A marvelous 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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