The Seventh Gate by Richard Zimler

83%

9 Critic Reviews

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
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

By the author of the critically acclaimed international hits The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon and The Warsaw Anagrams, this novel proves Richard Zimler's mastery of the "riveting literary murder mystery" (Independent on Sunday). It's Berlin, 1932. Sophie is a smart and sexually precocious fourteen-year-old coming of age during Hitler's rise to power. Forced to lead a double life when her father and boyfriend become Nazi collaborators, she reserves her dreams of becoming an actress for her beloved elderly neighbor, Isaac Zarco, and his friends, most of whom are Jews working against the government in a secret group called the Ring. When a member is sent to Dachau, she realizes there must be a Nazi traitor in the group. But who? Through successive mysteries, reversals, and surprises --and a race against time --The Seventh Gate builds to a shattering end. In its chilling but sensuous evocation of the time and place, Richard Zimler's novel is a love story and a tale of ferocious heroism


 

About Richard Zimler

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RICHARD ZIMLER was born in New York and studied journalism at Stanford University. He has published eight novels over the last fifteen years, including the famous The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon. He has won numerous prizes for his work, and is a contributor to the Los Angeles Times Book Review. Visit zimler.com.
 
Published May 10, 2012 by Overlook. 436 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Seventh Gate
All: 9 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Jun 01 2012

Adult fiction that counts on readers' ability to draw meaning from cultural signposts such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Greta Garbo and The Magic Mountain. But its plucky heroine gives it young adult appeal as well.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Apr 02 2012

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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Wall Street Journal

Below average
Reviewed by Tom Nolan on Jun 01 2012

The novel's explanations and revelations, when they at last arrive, bring an irritating number of implausible complexities.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Charles S. Weinblatt on Jul 16 2014

The Seventh Gate is unforgettable. Within, author Zimler delivers taboo sexuality, prejudice, a deeply entrenched murder mystery, Judaism and the Kabbalah, World War II and the Holocaust...The reader will be haunted by these brave characters and the stirring murder mystery.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Amy Gwiazdowski on Jun 15 2012

If you love historical fiction with characters that make no apologies for who they are and what they do, THE SEVENTH GATE is a book you should read.

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Red Room

Excellent
Reviewed by Sally on Apr 28 2012

His research into this period of history is exhaustive and his writing is exquisite and often heartbreaking

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Book Coasters

Good
Reviewed by estelle1948 on Jul 31 2012

It is well written and it is one of the few stories I have read that gives this particular insight into the individualism of how the German people reacted to Hitler’s increasing power.

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A Common Reader

Good

This is a magnificent book, reminding me slightly of Gunter Grass’s The Tin Drum – equally disturbing and quite as challenging.

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The Overlook Press

Good
May 24 2012

The Seventh Gate is a suspenseful, immensely moving, and ultimately shocking historical mystery that artfully reconstructs the chilling atmosphere of 1930s Berlin.

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