Thursday, March 22, 2007

Pg. 99: "Guardian of the Dawn"

Richard Zimler put his novel Guardian of the Dawn to the Page 99 Test.

About the novel, from the publisher:
In an age of faith and fire
In a land of many gods
A journey of survival is about to begin.…

In his acclaimed novels Hunting Midnight and The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, Richard Zimler has spun luminous historical fiction from the experience of the Jews of the Iberian Peninsula. Spanning decades and continents, his new novel is set in the lush world of colonial India during the age of the Inquisition. Here is the astonishing story of Tiago Zarco, a young man whose family fled forced conversions in Portugal and now lives in a twilight between local Hindus and the ruling Portuguese Catholics. As Tiago comes of age in Goa, the capital of the spice trade, he struggles to keep the far-reaching powers of the Inquisition from destroying his family and pulling him apart from the Hindu girl he loves. When an act of betrayal puts his beloved father in prison, Tiago is forced to hunt down the traitor and make an unimaginable choice…and for him, a harrowing journey begins–one that will show him the depths of human depravity, and the dark, poisonous salvation of revenge….

At once a grand historical adventure and a riveting tale of love and mystery, Guardian of the Dawn brilliantly illuminates a world that has rarely been described–in a novel that blazes with passion, fury, and hope.
Among the praise for Guardian of the Dawn:
"Deeply absorbing.... [a] rich, fast-moving story."
Kirkus Reviews

“Richard Zimler is a superbly talented historical novelist, capable of combining fascinating broad-canvas glimpses of history with the most intimate portraits of the human heart in turmoil.”

“Richard Zimler is a present-day scholar and writer of remarkable erudition and compelling imagination, an American Umberto Eco.”
"Picking up where he left off in The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, Zimler tracks the travails of a young Jewish manuscript illustrator who flees with his family from Portugal to India.... an exotic, colorful novel."
- Publishers Weekly
Read an excerpt from the novel, and visit Richard Zimler's website.

Page 99: Guardian of the Dawn.

--Marshal Zeringue