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The Resource The convert, Stefan Hertmans ; translated from the Dutch by David McKay

The convert, Stefan Hertmans ; translated from the Dutch by David McKay

Label
The convert
Title
The convert
Statement of responsibility
Stefan Hertmans ; translated from the Dutch by David McKay
Creator
Contributor
Author
Translator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • dut
  • eng
Summary
'Set at the time of the Crusades and based on historical events, The Convert is the story of a strong-willed young woman who sacrifices everything in the name of love. When author Stefan Hertmans learns that Monieux, the small Proven al village in which he lives, was the scene of a pogrom a thousand years ago and that a treasure may be hidden there, he goes in search of clues. The first is a letter, written in Hebrew nearly a thousand years ago, originally discovered among a startling collection of Jewish documents in the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo in the late nineteenth century. This letter sets Hertmans off on the trail of a young woman who fled her powerful Christian family to marry the love of her life, the son of the chief rabbi of France, for whom she renounced her own faith. Originally known as Vigdis, the young woman changed her name to Hamoutal upon converting to Judaism. Her father offered a large sum to anyone who could bring her back, but the lovers managed to escape to Monieux. They were not safe for long, though - Monieux bore witness to a bloody pogrom, after which Hamoutal found herself alone and once again having to flee. Hertmans retraces Hamoutal's footsteps--first through the French cities of Rouen, Narbonne and Marseille, as she makes her way south, fleeing her family, and then on to Sicily and ultimately to Cairo, where she sought asylum. It is a dizzying, often terrifying journey, full of hardships, that unfolds against the backdrop of the death and destruction of the Crusades. The Convert is both an epic love story and a harrowing portrait of the havoc wrought by holy war. It is a tale of flight, and fear, a story that seeks to answer a pivotal question - What does it mean to change your identity?'--Provided by publisher
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Summary
Set at the time of the Crusades and based on historical events, The Convert is the story of a strong-willed young woman who sacrifices everything in the name of love. When author Stefan Hertmans learns that Monieux, the small Proven al village in which he lives, was the scene of a pogrom a thousand years ago and that a treasure may be hidden there, he goes in search of clues. The first is a letter, written in Hebrew nearly a thousand years ago, originally discovered among a startling collection of Jewish documents in the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo in the late nineteenth century. This letter sets Hertmans off on the trail of a young woman who fled her powerful Christian family to marry the love of her life, the son of the chief rabbi of France, for whom she renounced her own faith.
Theme
Tone
Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10782640
Cataloging source
NZAUC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hertmans, Stefan
Illustrations
maps
Index
no index present
Language note
Translated from the Dutch
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1973-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
McKay, David
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hertmans, Stefan
  • Autobiographical fiction
  • Authors, Dutch
  • Young women
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Jews
  • Conversion
  • Pogroms
  • Voyages and travels
  • Dutch fiction
  • France, Southeast
  • France
  • Cairo (Egypt)
Target audience
adult
Label
The convert, Stefan Hertmans ; translated from the Dutch by David McKay
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Originally published in the Netherlands under the title De bekeerlinge by De Bezige Bij, Amsterdam, 2016"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000065391201
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
292 pages
Isbn
9781925773576
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)1105813037
Label
The convert, Stefan Hertmans ; translated from the Dutch by David McKay
Publication
Note
"Originally published in the Netherlands under the title De bekeerlinge by De Bezige Bij, Amsterdam, 2016"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000065391201
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
292 pages
Isbn
9781925773576
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)1105813037

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