The Warsaw Anagrams by Richard Zimler

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Warsaw, 1941--an exhausted and elderly psychiatrist named Erik Cohen makes his way home to the Jewish ghetto after being interned in a Nazi labor camp. Yet only one visionary man--Heniek Corben--can see him and hear him. Heniek soon realizes that Cohen has become an ibbur--a spirit. But how and why has he taken this form?

As Cohen recounts his disturbing and moving story, small but telling inconsistencies appear in his narrative. Heniek begins to believe that Cohen is not the secular Jew he claims to be, but may, in fact, be a student of practical Kabbalah?of magic. Why is he lying? And what is the importance of the anagrams he creates for the names of his friends and relatives? Heniek traces his suspicions and comes to an astonishing conclusion?one that has consequences for his own identity and life, and perhaps for the reader¹s as well.

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
Published July 21, 2011 by Overlook Books. 332 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Zimler, who examined the slaughter of Jews in 16th-century Portugal in The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, explores a different dark period in the Jewish people's history in this solid mystery thriller. In

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New York Journal of Books

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The Warsaw Anagrams is a fast-moving, powerful and intellectual murder mystery set within wartime Warsaw Poland during World War II.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

The murders take place outside the ghetto, where Jews are not permitted officially, but the identification process begins in the ghetto.

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ForeWord Reviews

and while it contains several disturbing and graphic scenes essential to describing the horrors of ghetto life, Zimler’s skill as a writer is without question: “They had sympathetic eyes and the same gaunt features we all had—starvation would make us all cousins before the Germans were through wi...

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The Jewish Chronicle

Enlisting his old school-friend Izzy as a sidekick, Erik "plays detective" in a journey that will take him over the Ghetto border and into the lives of the Poles and Germans who must never know his true identity.

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