A family saga with a difference, The Book of Abraham opens on the backdrop of a burning Jerusalem in 70 CE as Abraham the Temple scribe flees the destruction of his home. Two thousand years and a hundred generations later, another Abraham perishes, immolated in the fires of the Warsaw Ghetto. But the chain that links these two Abrahams - a chain that stretches from Jerusalem to Warsaw through Rome, Alexandria, France and Greece - is one of family ties, and the unforgettable, powerful and poignant story that is told is that of one family; the author's own.
This is a new edition of a phenomenal bestseller that has already sold over 5 million copies worldwide.
About the Author
MAREK HALTER was born in Warsaw in 1936. When he was five, he and his family escaped from the Nazis by crawling through the sewers under the Warsaw Ghetto. He has lived in France since 1950. In addition to being a writer, Marek Halter is also an artist and a human rights activist and has served as president of the European Foundation for Science, Art and Culture. His book Le Fou et Les Rois, which recounts his experiences working for Middle East peace, won the Prix Aujourd'hui.
The Critics Praise:
"an extraordinary achievement"
- Iris Murdoch
"a great novel"
- Le Monde
"A story of suffering and hope, longing and wandering, struggle and achievement…An exceptional book."
- Shimon Peres