Intimate Impact: Moris Farhi & Richard Zimler
Chair: Firdevs Robinson
Moris Farhi's Young Turk is a sensuous tale of love, courage and the forging of conscience, set in a multi-racial Turkey giving sanctuary to many of Europe's Jews fleeing Nazism. Richard Zimler's Hunting Midnight, part of his 'Sephardic Cycle,' tells the story of a 12- year-old Portuguese boy whose life is dramatically changed when he learns the secret of his family's Jewish identity, hidden since the Inquisition.
In this highly evocative session, Moris Farhi and Richard Zimler launched their new dazzling works of historical fiction, exploring the intimate impact of major historical events on individuals and communities in the Sephardi world. In the process, and under the excellent guidance of Firdevs Robinson, they revealed the immense sense of colour and vibrancy of life around the Mediterranean.
Moris Farhi MBE was born in Turkey in 1935. His several novels include the award-winning Journey through the Wilderness (2001). He lives in London.
Richard Zimler was born in New York in 1956. His novels include the bestselling The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon (1998). He lives in Portugal.
Firdevs Robinson is a senior producer at the BBC World Service.
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