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The Seventh Gate
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  • Paperback
  • Feb.04.2014
  • 9781468308235

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The North American paperback of my novel THE SEVENTH GATE has just come out. Here's the review from Publishers Weekly:    "Zimler (The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon) surpasses himself with this coming-of-age epic set in Berlin at the start of the Nazi era. In 1932, precocious 14-year-old Sophie Riedesel is adjusting to her changing body and desires, but she soon has other concerns as Hitler consolidates his power in 1933. Although Sophie herself isn’t Jewish, she’s alarmed by the uptick in anti-Semitism and the threats posed to her Jewish friends. She develops a special affinity for Isaac Zarco, a neighbor who instructs her on kabbalistic theology and who years earlier founded the Ring, a group that originally helped retired circus performers find other work. The Ring now focuses on improving the working conditions in breweries, a pursuit that the Nazis view as...
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The North American paperback of my novel THE SEVENTH GATE has just come out. Here's the review from Publishers Weekly: 

 

"Zimler (The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon) surpasses himself with this coming-of-age epic set in Berlin at the start of the Nazi era. In 1932, precocious 14-year-old Sophie Riedesel is adjusting to her changing body and desires, but she soon has other concerns as Hitler consolidates his power in 1933. Although Sophie herself isn’t Jewish, she’s alarmed by the uptick in anti-Semitism and the threats posed to her Jewish friends. She develops a special affinity for Isaac Zarco, a neighbor who instructs her on kabbalistic theology and who years earlier founded the Ring, a group that originally helped retired circus performers find other work. The Ring now focuses on improving the working conditions in breweries, a pursuit that the Nazis view as threatening. When the Ring’s head, Georg Hirsch, is strangled, Sophie devotes herself to solving the crime amid indications that a colleague may have betrayed Hirsch. The whodunit is captivating enough, but the book’s power lies in its stark and unflinching portrayal of the impact of Hitler’s eugenic policies on the infirm and disabled".

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About Richard

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...

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Published Reviews

Jun.22.2011

As he did so brilliantly in "The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon" (1998), Zimler builds a riveting mystery around one of the most horrific moments in Jewish history. In 1940, following the German invasion of...

Jun.22.2011

The Warsaw Anagrams is a highly realist murder mystery. As in The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, Zimler's 1998 bestseller, the narrator sets out in the midst of massacre to solve one killing. Surprisingly...