The Gospel According to Lazarus

The Gospel According to Lazarus

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From the international best-selling author of The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon comes a dazzling new work of historical fiction. In the New Testament, we are told that Jesus resurrected a beloved friend named Lazarus from the dead. Missing from the Gospel is a description of how Jesus accomplished this miracle and if he had a special purpose for saving his companion.
Acclaimed and best-selling historical novelist Richard Zimler takes up the tale, and through the eyes of the troubled Lazarus, recreates the story of the Passion. Returned to life, Lazarus has difficulties regaining his previous identity and confidence. His experience of death has left him fragile and disoriented. Worse still, he has seen nothing of any afterlife.
As Lazarus turns more and more to Jesus for guidance and answers, watching as his friend's mystical powers grow, along with his cult, he finds that their lives are now politically and, therefore, dangerously entwined.
In an often surprising and subtle portrayal, Zimler places Jesus in his historical context of ancient Jewish practise and traditions; at once a charismatic Rabbi and political activist, who used his knowledge of a transcendent reality - the Kingdom of Heaven - to bring justice and compassion to his time and place.
Through Lazarus, Zimler makes the familiar story new and finds fresh meaning and poignancy in the Passion and Crucifixion.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 138 x 216mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None ed.
  • 0720620627
  • 9780720620627

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"`The Gospel According' to Lazarus explores the extraordinary relationship between Jesus and Lazarus. It is very probably the most exquisitely told and profound novel Zimler has published... Masterfully written, with a glorious exploration of redemption." - O Publico (Portugal); "A unique and eloquent novel by an author who gives us some of the best writing in recent memory... An exceptional story and outstanding work of literature!" - Acoriano (Portugal); "Unsurpassable in literary quality - an absolute must read!" - Casal das Letras (Portugal); "`The Gospel According' to Lazarus is a wide-ranging and ambitious novel, a work that goes beyond customary limits, that turns doubt and disquiet into a compelling narrative. By challenging prejudices and canons, Richard Zimler gives us a reinterpretation of the Bible and the ancient history of the Holy Land that is both brave and powerful!"- Jornal das Letras (Portugal); "A story that offers surprises on every page and that creates in the reader the absolute need to keep turning the page. The powerful narrative is, in part, the result of Zimler's uncanny ability to recreate a past world so compellingly." - Diario de Noticias (Portugal); "Zimler offers us a powerful testament to the friendship between Lazarus and Jesus in one of the best novels of 2016. The descriptions of the Holy Land find their perfect counterpoint in the extraordinarily moving relationship between the two Biblical figures." - Jornal de Noticias; "An absolutely unique novel in which Richard Zimler masterfully creates a world influenced by dreams and myths, alternating scenes of darkness with others of wondrous luminosity." - Socialist Magazine (Portugal); "This passionate novel - written with Zimler's singular voice - is certain to profoundly touch many readers and greatly disturb others." - Diario Digital (Portugal); "The description of the miracle of resurrection - told in Lazarus' intimate voice - makes this novel essential reading in itself...An absolutely wonderful book!" - Miguel Real, Jornal das Letras (Portugal); "Provocative and daring, with the pace of a thriller... Skillfully narrated and very impressive." -Sabado (Portugal)
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About Richard Zimler

Richard Zimler was born in New York. After gaining degrees from Duke University and Stanford University, he worked as a
journalist in San Francisco for nearly a decade. He is the author of six other novels, including The Search for Sana, The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon and The Seventh Gate. He has won many prizes for his writing and has lectured on Sephardic Jewish culture all over the world. He now lives in Porto, Portugal, where he teaches journalism and writes.
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