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 Poland, the Warsaw ghetto, once a vibrant Jewish neighborhood, became a walled-in prison. Moving back and forth in time, Zimler brings the dailiness of life in the ghetto — both its overwhelming horror and claustrophobia and its moments of startling humanity — to vivid, sometimes unbearable life, all in the context of a nightmare version of the classic locked-room mystery. Gripping and deeply disturbing.
Causes Richard Zimler Supports
Save the Children, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)