Judah the Pious: A Novel

Judah the Pious: A Novel

by Francine Prose
     
 

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In seventeenth-century Poland, a rabbi takes on the education of a king
The Polish monarch has outlawed a portion of the Jewish funeral rite, and none of the community’s lawyers, judges, or scholars will come forward to defend the custom before the crown. Only one man dares challenge the sovereign: the spindly old Rabbi Eliezer of Rimanov, whose

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In seventeenth-century Poland, a rabbi takes on the education of a king
The Polish monarch has outlawed a portion of the Jewish funeral rite, and none of the community’s lawyers, judges, or scholars will come forward to defend the custom before the crown. Only one man dares challenge the sovereign: the spindly old Rabbi Eliezer of Rimanov, whose eccentric habits conceal the mind of a dreamer and the curiosity of a child.
The rabbi is reduced to laughter at the sight of the king, for the country’s ruler is but a boy—and Rabbi Eliezer knows how to speak to youngsters. They make a bet: If the rabbi can convince him that there is more to the universe than meets the eye, the funeral rite will be restored. To make his case, Eliezer launches into the story of Judah ben Simon, a tale of such majesty and wonder that it promises to make a dreamer out of all who hear it, changing them forevermore.

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From the Publisher
Judah the Pious astounds.” —The New York Times

“One of our finest writers.” —Larry McMurtry
“Prose is superb.” —Orlando Sentinel    

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781480445130
Publisher:
Open Road Media
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
220
File size:
974 KB

Meet the Author

Francine Prose is the author of sixteen novels, including A Changed Man, winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and Blue Angel, a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife, and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. A former president of PEN American Center and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Prose is a highly regarded critic and essayist, and has taught literature and writing for more than twenty years at major universities. She is a distinguished writer in residence at Bard College, and she lives in New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
April 1, 1947
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
Education:
B.A., Radcliffe College, 1968

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