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Love's Voice: 72 Kabbalistic Haiku (Cornerstone Editions) Paperback – August 18, 2011

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Called an "American Umberto Eco" (London Spectator), Richard Zimler, is the internationally bestselling author of The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon and other acclaimed novels. His most recent novel, The Warsaw Anagrams, was chosen as 2009 Book of the Year in Portugal, where he lives. It will be published in summer 2011 by Overlook.
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  • Series: Cornerstone Editions
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee (August 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585428930
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585428939
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Zimler was born in Roslyn Heights, a suburb of New York, in 1956. After earning a bachelor's degree in comparative religion from Duke University (1977) and a master's degree in journalism from Stanford University (1982), he worked for eight years as a journalist, mainly in the San Francisco Bay area. In 1990, he moved to Porto, Portugal, where he taught journalism for sixteen years, first at the College of Journalism and later at the University of Porto. Richard has published eight novels over the last 15 years. In chronological order, they are: The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, Unholy Ghosts, The Angelic Darkness, Hunting Midnight, Guardian of the Dawn, The Search for Sana, The Seventh Gate and The Warsaw Anagrams. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists in 12 different countries, including the USA, Great Britain, Portugal, Brazil, Italy, and Australia. Richard has won numerous prizes for his work, including the Prix Alberto Benveniste in 2009, for Guardian of the Dawn (for Jewish-themed fiction), and the 1998 Herodotus Award, for The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon (Best First Historical Novel). His latest novel, The Warsaw Anagrams, was chosen as 2010 Book of the Year in Portugal, by both the country's main literary monthly (LER) and high school teachers and students. Hunting Midnight, The Search for Sana and The Seventh Gate have all been nominated for the International IMPAC Literary Award, the richest prize in the English-speaking world. He was also granted a 1994 U.S. National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, Hunting Midnight, Guardian of the Dawn and The Seventh Gate form the "Sephardic Cycle," a group of inter-connected - but fully independent - novels about different branches and generations of a Portuguese Jewish family. in 2010, a short film he based on one of his short stories won the Best Drama award at the New York Downtown Short Film Festival. It is entitled The Slow Mirror. Richard also writes reviews for the L.A. Times. When he's not writing, he enjoys gardening at his weekend house in the north of Portugal.

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I once read a humorously self-deprecating blurb on the back of a book (I can't remember the title or either writer's name) that said, "This book works on many levels, including mine." This applies perfectly to my experience with "Love's Voice." I know absolutely nothing about Kabbalah (or mysticism in general), so I'm sure there are countless references and allusions in it to which I'm oblivious, and that have broadened their meaning to other fans--but even without that background, I find that they resonate for, move, and inspire me. Many of them hit me like personal challenges to grow spiritually: to spend my days in a state of greater awareness/mindfulness and endeavor to maintain a more meaningful--and therefore satisfying--life perspective. And the fact that they are haiku makes them all the more astonishing to me, in terms of both Zimler's "technical virtuosity" with such a challenging style and the fact that he has taken Kabbalistic truths and boiled them down to such pure, concise nuggets. Finally, they may all be expressions of Kabbalistic philosophy, but I feel as if many of them share, or clarify/expand upon, profound insights that can also be found in Buddhism, the Abrahamic religions, and in other proverbs from around the world from ancient to modern times. I could easily see this collection on a shelf alongside, say, the meditations of Confucius, Pascal, St. Francis of Assisi, the Dalai Lama, Borges, Huxley, Saint Exupery, la Rochefoucauld, Saki, Twain, Aristotle, Gandhi.... It's a slim volume, but it packs a punch that is well worth the price.
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