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The Convert
 

The Convert (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Hertmans, Stefan
Translated by McKay, David

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A brilliant reconstruction of an incredible journey across middle ages Europe to Egypt, and an untold story of forgotten documents and forbidden love. Stefan Hertmans has based The Convert on historical fact, and he traces the life of a distinguished Christian noblewoman who aban... read full description below.

ISBN 9781787300125
Barcode 9781787300125
Published 13 June 2019 by Vintage
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781787300125
ISBN-10 1787300129
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Harvill Secker
Publication Date 13 June 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Hertmans, Stefan
Translated by McKay, David
Category Modern Fiction
Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 22mm
Weight 372g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Europe - Fiction - History - 1492-1517
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 839.3137
Catalogue Code 1007820

Description of this Book

A brilliant reconstruction of an incredible journey across middle ages Europe to Egypt, and an untold story of forgotten documents and forbidden love. In a small town in Provence, people have spoken of an ancient pogrom and a hidden chest since time immemorial. Then, at the end of the 19th century, a startling collection of Jewish documents was found in a synagogue in Cairo. Stefan Hertmans has based The Convert on historical fact, and he traces the life of a distinguished Christian noblewoman who abandons her life for the love of a Jewish boy. He follows in her footsteps as they flee together, undertaking a dazzling journey full of hardship, hunted by everyone and everything. Bringing the middles ages to life with immense imagination and stylistic ingenuity, The Convert portrays a chaotic world of passion, hate, love and death, taking us from Cairo back to the small village in the Provence where Hertmans has made his home for decades.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review [An] astonishing tale... The main narrative is told in a pressing, insistent present tense and Hertmans conjures up the medieval world with the same sensuous detailing that was so effective in War and Turpentine... tense and compelling... The Covert is...extraordinarily good * Sunday Times *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Stefan Hertmans (Author) Stefan Hertmans is the prizewinning author of many literary works, including poetry, novels, essays, plays, short stories and a handbook on the history of art. He has taught at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, at the Sorbonne, and at the Universities of Vienna and Berlin. His first novel to be translated into English, War and Turpentine, was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, and was chosen as a book of the year in The Times, Sunday Times, and The Economist, and as one of the ten best books of the year in the New York Times.

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