“[A] stirring song of freedom.” —Nobel Prize laureate Mario Vargas Llosa
From a renowned prize-winning Argentinian author comes a historical novel based on the true story of one man’s faith, spirit, and resistance during the Spanish Inquisition in Latin America.
Born in sixteenth-century Argentina, Francisco Maldonado da Silva is nine years old when he sees his father, Don Diego, arrested one harrowing afternoon because of his beliefs. Raised in a family practicing its Jewish faith in secret under the condemning eyes of the Spanish Inquisition, Francisco embarks on a personal quest that will challenge, enlighten, and forever change him.
He completes his education in a monastery; he reads the Bible; he dreams of reparation; he dedicates his life to science, developing a humanistic approach and becoming one of the first accredited medical doctors in Latin America; and most of all, he longs to reconnect with his father in Lima, Perú, the City of Kings.
So begins Francisco’s epic journey to fight for his true faith, to embrace his past, and to draw from his father’s indomitable strength in the face of unimaginable persecution. But the arm of the Holy Inquisition is an intractable one. As it reaches for Francisco, he sheds his mask to defend his freedom. Against seemingly insurmountable odds, he will prove that while the body can be broken, the spirit fights back, endures, and survives.
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Table of Contents
Book 1 Genesis Embers of Childhood 1
Book 2 Exodus the Journey of Bewilderment 153
Book 3 Leviticus the City of Kings 253
Book 4 Numbers Chile, Brief Arcadia 379
Book 5 Deuteronomy Depths and Heights 495
About the Author 621
About the Translator 623
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Early 17th century Peru, Francisco Maldonado da Silva, Chile’s first graduated medical doctor, defies the absolute power of the Spanish Inquisition. Against the Inquisition by Marcos Aguinis poetically guides us through Francisco’s spiritual evolution, from childhood, a naïve age when Old and New Christians are the same, to adulthood, a wiser age when he is certain of his difference from all Christians. His persecution isn’t rare. He is one of thousands condemned because of his Jewish blood. What sets him apart is his steadfast conviction, superior knowledge of Christian and Jewish scripture, and courageous refusal to bend to the Inquisitions order to repent. Francisco Maldonado da Silva was imprisoned for 12 years and burnt alive January 23rd, 1639. I am thankful that Against the Inquisition has been translated into English. It is a beautiful and tragic story that should be experienced by all. It took a while to finish it. This is not light reading. I learned much about the Inquisition’s persecution of the Jewish people and will follow up with my own research into the events of that horrific time in history and into Francisco’s theological arguments. In my opinion, any historical fiction novel that makes the reader think, question, and then research historical people and/or events is superbly written. Against the Inquisition is better than superb, it is exceptional. I implore you to take the time to read this novel. You will not regret it.