The Fiery Alphabet

The Fiery Alphabet

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by Diane Lefer
     
 

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It’s dangerous for a girl to be a mathematical prodigy in eighteenth-century Rome.

Daniela Messo and her father withdraw themselves from the world until Giuseppe Balsamo, occultist and charlatan, finds them, convinced Daniela has inherited the secrets of a long-dead Jewish mystic. In Balsamo’s company, Daniela sets off across Europe en route to…  See more details below

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It’s dangerous for a girl to be a mathematical prodigy in eighteenth-century Rome.

Daniela Messo and her father withdraw themselves from the world until Giuseppe Balsamo, occultist and charlatan, finds them, convinced Daniela has inherited the secrets of a long-dead Jewish mystic. In Balsamo’s company, Daniela sets off across Europe en route to Jerusalem, as they play the role of wonder-working pilgrims, swindling people even as they seek salvation.

Daniela’s struggle to find a woman’s place in the world for her body, mind, and soul tells us how far society has come and how far we still must go.

“... enchanting and wondrous ... In a voice as unique and thrilling as any I’ve encountered in literature, Daniela Messo seeks the secrets not only of her past, but of life itself.”
—Robin Oliveira, author of My Name Is Mary Sutter

“... philosophical and deeply sensual... Diane Lefer writes with fire on every page,
taking the reader straight to the molten core of life.”
—Gayle Brandeis, author of The Book of Dead Birds

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ForeWord Reviews - Kristine Morris
Diane Lefer has dipped her pen in fire to create the story of a brilliant, impetuous, yet strangely naïve 18th century Roman girl whose mysterious antecedents are hidden from her until life, with its adventures, torments, and inevitable losses, reveals itself to her in all its pain, folly,and blazing beauty.

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ISBN-13:
2940148518167
Publisher:
Loose Leaves
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
322
File size:
2 MB

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The Fiery Alphabet 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Diane Lefer has written a fun, brilliant and dizzying book. Combining an incredible eye for the absurd realities of history with philosophical arguments and a breakneck adventure The Fiery Alphabet takes us on a wild ride through 18th century Europe on the way to the Holy Lands. The two main characters are a female mathematical prodigy who is treated as a witch and her lover, life-tutor, the notorious charlatan, Cagliostro. All in all, I highly recommend this book.