Richard Zimler was born in Roslyn Heights, a suburb of New York, in 1956. After earning a bachelor’s degree in comparative religion from Duke University (1977) and a master’s degree in journalism from Stanford University (1982), he worked for eight years as a journalist, mainly in the San Francisco Bay area. In 1990, he moved to Porto, Portugal, where he taught journalism for sixteen years, first at the College of Journalism and later at the University of Porto. Richard has published eight novels over the last 15 years. In chronological order, they are: The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, Unholy Ghosts, The Angelic Darkness, Hunting Midnight, Guardian of the Dawn, The Search for Sana The Seventh Gate and The Warsaw Anagrams. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists in 12 different countries, including the USA, Great Britain, Portugal, Italy, and Australia. The Warsaw Anagrams was named 2010 Book of the Year in Portugal by both LER magazine and high school teachers and students (The 2010 Marquês D’Ouro prize). He has won numerous other international prizes for his work, including the Prix Alberto Benveniste in 2009, for Guardian of the Dawn (for Jewish-themed fiction), and the 1998 Herodotus Award, for The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon (Best First Historical Novel). Additionally, The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon was picked as 1998 Book of the Year by three British critics. Hunting Midnight, The Search for Sana and The Seventh Gate have all been nominated for the International IMPAC Literary Award, the richest prize in the English-speaking world. He was also granted a 1994 U.S. National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, Hunting Midnight, Guardian of the Dawn and The Seventh Gate form the “Sephardic Cycle,” a group of inter-connected – but fully independent – novels about different branches and generations of a Portuguese Jewish family. Richard also writes reviews for the L.A. Times. When he’s not writing, he enjoys gardening at his weekend house in the north of Portugal.
Faulkner, Dostoevsky, William Maxwell, Kafka, Bruno Schultz and many others.
"The Warsaw Anagrams" has come out in Portugal, Brazil, Serbia, England, Australia and the USA. In 2012 it will also come out in France, Poland, Spain, Italy and Turkey.
Cynthia Cannell (USA, France, UK)
Nicole Witt (Germany, Italy, Holland, Turkey, Poland, etc...)
Ella Sher (Spain)
The Overlook Press, Constable & Robinson and many others...
Gardening, traveling, reading...
Save the Children, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)
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