[EPUB] ✼ The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon (The Sephardic Cycle, #1) Author Richard Zimler – Thomashillier.co.uk

The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon (The Sephardic Cycle, #1) 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.


10 thoughts on “The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon (The Sephardic Cycle, #1)

  1. says:

    The Strength of WeaknessMystics are the smart alecks of the religious world, always exhibiting some degree of ironic detachment from the average believer They re tolerated but generally everyone is annoyed by their aloof strangeness The main gripe comes from religious leaders Religious authority is exercised through two channels creedal attestation and conformity to ritual But mystics have as much regard for creeds as the average computer user does for the Microsoft Users Agreement You sign it but who knows what it really means, and really, who cares And mystics live in their heads whether they re in public or not So established ritual is of little importance even though they might participate in it fully.It s the fact that mystics can t be reached by the organisational control tools of doctrine and liturgy that really irritates religious leaders most Medieval bishops were intensely suspicious of Meister Eckhart and his pals among the Rhineland Mystics Sufis are still persecuted by fellow Muslims And Orthodox rabbis often eschew the Kabbalah and its devotees Mystics are only rarely shown as heretics But they also rarely fit the desired mould of a true believer.Early 16th century Portuguese Jews who delved into the arcana of Kabbalah were hit with a double whammy of hostility First from Christians who suspected any Jewish practice but especially those of the forcibly converted as intended to hurt them either spiritually or phys...


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    Se eu fosse uma pessoa m stica diria que nos ltimos dias os deuses reuniram esfor os para que esta leitura ficasse na mem ria Mas n o sou, logo, acredito que n o passou de uma feliz coincid ncia, ter conhecido a hist ria da Igreja de S o Domingos, ter ouvido no r dio um historiador contar com todos os pormenores o hediondo massacre dos judeus em Lisboa e no mesmo dia ter assistido a uma entrevista com Richard Zimler.N o fiquei por aqui visitei a igreja, pisei a cal ada onde na P scoa de 1506, os padres dominicanos incitaram a popula o a perseguir, esquartejar e queimar seres humanos culpados de professarem uma religi o diferente Ignor ncia ou pura maldade N o gostei deste epis dio hist rico do nosso pa s mas gostei de calcorrear as ruas onde aconteceu se as pedras falassem contariam certamente muito mais.Da historia do livro tamb m gostei mas fiquei um pouco baralhada com tantos nomes judeus e nem sempre foi f cil seguir o seu percurso Das teorias da cabala melhor nem f...


  3. says:

    The hero of this historical mystery is Berekiah Zarco, a Portuguese secret Jew who is determined to find out who murdered his uncle, even though Lisbon is teeming with maddened Christians determined to attack anyone they suspect may be a Jew.This was my favorite of the 54 books I read in 2011 for several reasons It takes place in fascinating time period, about a century after the Spanish Reconquista, when the Inquisition was wreaking terror in Spain and Portugal was in danger of being next Part of the book takes place in Istanbul, a city I love Zimler writes beautifully The book is rich in period details that bring both Lisbon and Istanbul then Constantinople to life The plot is complex This is a book about relationships as much as it is a mystery novel The interactions between Berekiah and his Uncle Abraham, between Berekiah and his best friend, and between Berekiah and his extended family both moved the plot along and mad...


  4. says:

    Este o segundo livro que leio do autor Richard Zimler, tendo o primeiro sido Os Anagramas de Vars via, cuja opini o pode ser lida aqui Por coincid ncia ou n o, ambos os livros narram momentos muito negros para os judeusUma nota, antes de mais, para a capa desta edi o, que acho lind ssima.Num cap tulo pr vio, esp cie de pr logo ou pref cio, o autor narra em que circunst ncias se deparou com o manuscrito que se encontra transcrito, ou romanceado, afirma, em O ltimo Cabalista de Lisboa Escrito pelo narrador Berequias Zarco em meados de 1500, conta o assassinato do seu tio Abra o Zarco, iluminista de excel ncia e cabalista, durante os terr veis acontecimentos do massacre dos judeus em Lisboa em 1506, quando Lisboa se encontrava numa situa o desesperada, com a peste que grassava h j algum tempo agravada pela seca e fome Os judeus, for ados nos ltimos 20 anos convers o, viviam momentos particularmente dif ceis, j que quaisquer sinais de juda smo poderiam levar a denuncias e condena es.Os judeus eram ...


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    Primeira leitura em Junho de 1999 5 Estrelas.Re leitura em Fevereiro de 2016 prepara o para passeio tur stico tem tico pela Lisboa judaica do s culo XVI, com base no texto da obra de R Zimler Mantenho as 5 Estrelas.O autor come a por dizer no pref cio que a obra baseada num manuscrito da poca que encontrou uma casa de um amigo em Istambul, na Turquia antiga Constantinopla, onde o protagonista ir morar , escrito por Berequias Zarco, o ltimo cabalista de Lisboa, ap s o assassinato do seu Mestre e tio Abr ao Zarco e o Massacre dos Judeus de 1506 em Lisboa Acompanhamos o seu percurso pelas ruas de Lisboa em busca da verdade relativamente morte do seu tio, mas tamb m sua verdade interior A obra tem tamb m um car cter m stico, relacionado com a Cabala Tinha uma vaga lembran a da hist ria deste livro, sabia que falava do Massacre dos Judeus que ocorreu na P scoa de 1506 em Lisboa de 19 a 21 de Abril e que o protagonista Berequias Zarco deambulava pelas ruas de Lisboa da poca em busca de respostas para o assassinato do seu tio Abr ao Zarco J n o me lembrava de pormenores, nem de quem era o assassino Foi uma leitura de redescoberta, noutro tempo, noutra idade Dei import ncia talvez a aspectos para os quais n o estava desperta nessa altura.Em Lisboa, no Largo junto Igreja de S o Domingos, palco deste sangrento e insano massacre, existe um monumento que o r...


  6. says:

    This was not a book but a landscape the landscape of Portugal into which the Spanish Inquisition had spread The author gives us many details of the daily life of the New Christians, the Jews forced to convert to Christianity, and then shows in graphic detail how that life was shattered and the blood ran out What he doesn t give us are characters who make any sense I couldn t sympathize with the main characters or visualize the minor ones they all ran together The Muslim friend of the hero of the book is a magic token, much like the magic Negro in a lot of American literature The prose is florid and overwrought, while the mystery is half baked A Dickensian chapter at the end reveals what happens to all the characters in later life, but since I didn t care for them in the main body of the story, I had no interest in their further adventures I also believe that some of the thoughts in the mind of the major character belong to our century, not his and they are thought...


  7. says:

    Para quem n o se interessa minimamente por religi o, pensei que seria dif cil chegar ao fim deste livro No entanto a maneira cativante como a hist ria est escrita transportou me para aquela poca e criei afinidades com os personagens A narrativa envolveu me Gostei da interessante reconstitui o hist rica e de aprender ...


  8. says:

    It s difficult for me to express just how much I adored this book I picked it up intending to read a couple chapters in the tub before going to bed early I ended reading until the water was cold and my room mates banged on the door When I finally finished I immediately wanted to reread it to get of the details return return It s captivating and exciting, making you want to devour the text in big gulps Putting this down is painful because you want to know The loose ends are not neatly tied up at the end of each chapter, nor at the end, which is wonderful I hate it when an author ties up the story with a neat little bow return return The book operates on several levels It s a historical novel about Jews in Portugal, anti semitism, forced conversion, reactions to the plague, kabbalah, and bonds of friendship and blood It also deals with the masks that peopl...


  9. says:

    Um policial passado em Lisboa de 1506, focado na persegui o, exterm nio e expuls o dos judeus pelos Dominicanos e Reis Cat licos Interessante na medida em que retrata um poca hist rica muito marcante da cidade de Lisboa e por conseguinte, bastantes aspectos da cultura judaica, mas tenho de confessar que ...


  10. says:

    3.5 This book, set in Portugal just after the Inquisition, where Jews New Christians were massacred, the nephew of the famous Kabbalist Abraham is at the center of both a mystery, and the race to save the lives of his remaining family, neighbors, and community, while also saving a genezia full of books and torahs, and other sacred writings, largely done by members of his family.What is it about Geniziahs these days I swear to God this is like the fifth book I have read in the last six months which features a geniziah as its central character and plot twist And it sounds like the author wrote the novel out of actual pages, from an actual person detailing his adventures leaving Portugal in 1506 as the Last Kabbalist in Lisbon The book was filled with violence and hatred, and that was painful, but also mysticism and mystical experiencing, and the unveiling of all the characters of how they survived keeping pieces of their old identities alive, as their very lives were at risk It was interesting, painful, and the whole mystical mystery, and the saving of the sacred writings and illustrated works, is at the center of the tale Just one detail to mention that for me makes the book and in no way destroys the plot Its the friendship Beri has with his deaf Arab friend Farid As children they played t...


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