Guardian of the Dawn by Richard Zimler

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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.

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RICHARD ZIMLER currently lives in Portugal, where he is an Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Porto. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed novelsHunting MidnightandThe Last Kabbalist of Lisbonand writes for theL.A. TimesandThe Literary Review(London).
Published January 27, 2005 by Constable. 400 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A historical novel set in 16th century India tries unsuccessfully to whip up outrage against an iconic Christian saint.

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