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The Road to Exile

Didier Nebot

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ISBN 10: 188128316X / ISBN 13: 9781881283164
Published by Alef Design Group, 1997
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Title: The Road to Exile

Publisher: Alef Design Group

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

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The subject of the Spanish Inquisition has always conjured both passion and pain for Didier Nebot, French physician and award-winning author of the forthcoming historical novel The Road to Exile. Nebot's consuming need to summon the ghosts of his ancestors has culminated in this sweeping saga of one fictional family's experiences during the darkest century of European Jewish history before the Holocaust. Like the book's young survivor-hero David Benavista, many of Nebot's own ancestors escaped Catholic Spain under the rule of Queen Isabella in 1492. Thousands of other Jews-some sources quote as many as 300,000 in Spain alone-did not escape and either died under torture or were burned at the stake. Countless others were forced to convert and disappeared into the Spanish Christian world. Nebot's complex treatment of an era scarred by violence and death emerges as both genuine and-perhaps surprisingly-uplifting. For despite being surrounded by political and religious intolerance, the Benavista family learns-and teaches-important lessons of resistance, survival and commitment to Judaism. The rich fabric of The Road to Exile is interwoven with hard fact and gripping fiction, passionate love and equally passionate hatred, and the determination of a people to cling to its religion. Much of the novel's appeal lies in Nebot's ability to deftly intertwine personal and communal history, and to infuse his narrative with emotion that stems from a deeply personal connection to this tragic episode of Jewish history.

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Adrift in the Mediterranean on a hastily purchased fishing boat, two hungry and exhausted fugitives make an arduous journey from Spain, their homeland, to Italy. The year is 1493, less than ten months after Queen Isabella's fateful edict expelling all Jews from Spain, and Simon Benavista-Zarka and his adopted son, David, are the sole survivors of a formerly influential family from Toledo during the Inquisition.

Simon and David's only possession is a book of parchments containing the memory of their ancestors, a living testimony of the Benavista family during the darkest century of European Jewish history to date. The carefully preserved parchments detail the life of Lazarus Benavista, the undisputed patriarch of the family. A youthful hero who falls to the temptation of Christian aristocracy, Lazarus-like his namesake-rises again and ultimately discovers forces stronger than the political and religious intolerance that surrounds him.

Framed by Lazarus' birth and death-over a century apart-The Road to Exile is the award-winning saga of the Benavistas' struggle through persecution, imprisonment, terror and forced conversions. At the center of these stories are important lessons of resistance and betrayal, commitment to Judaism, and the power of Lazarus' passionate but unrequited love for Yael, the shy Jewish girl who flowers into a strong-willed woman.

As David navigates into exile, toward a land of hope, his fragile book-a covenant for generations-becomes the legacy of survival that he will pass on to his descendants.

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