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The Convert

The Convert
 

An epic story of passion and forbidden love, set against the religious wars of the Middle Ages

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ISBN 9781925774382
Barcode 9781925774382
Published 2 July 2019 by The Text Publishing Company
Available in EPUB format
Software Adobe Ebook Compatible Devices
Language en
Author(s) By Hertmans, Stefan
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ISBN-13 9781925774382
ISBN-10 1925774384
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher The Text Publishing Company
Imprint Text Publishing
Publication Date 2 July 2019
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format EPUB ebook
Language English
Translated from Dutch; Flemish
Author(s) By Hertmans, Stefan
Category Fiction
General & Literary Fiction
Modern Fiction
Historical Fiction
Australian
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
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Description of this Electronic Book

Set at the time of the Crusades and based on historical events, The Convert is the story of a strong-willed young woman who sacrifices everything in the name of love.

When Stefan Hertmans learns that Monieux, the small Provencal village in which he lives, was the scene of a pogrom a thousand years ago and that a treasure may be hidden there, he goes in search of clues. The first is a letter, written in Hebrew nearly a thousand years ago, originally discovered among a startling collection of Jewish documents in the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo in the late nineteenth century.


This letter sets Hertmans off on the trail of a young woman who fled her powerful Christian family to marry the love of her life, the son of the chief rabbi of France, for whom she renounced her own faith. Originally known as Vigdis, the young woman changed her name to Hamoutal upon converting to Judaism. Her father offered a large sum to anyone who could bring her back, but the lovers managed to escape to Monieux. They were not safe for long, though: Monieux bore witness to a bloody pogrom, after which Hamoutal found herself alone and once again having to flee.

Hertmans retraces Hamoutal's footsteps-first through the French cities of Rouen, Narbonne and Marseille, as she makes her way south, fleeing her family, and then on to Sicily and ultimately to Cairo, where she sought asylum. It is a dizzying, often terrifying journey, full of hardships, that unfolds against the backdrop of the death and destruction of the Crusades.

The Convert is both an epic love story and a harrowing portrait of the havoc wrought by holy war. It is a tale of flight, and fear, a story that seeks to answer a pivotal question: What does it mean to change your identity?


Born in 1951, Stefan Hertmans has published novels, short-story collections, essays and poetry. In 1995 he was awarded the three-yearly Flemish poetry prize. He has also received two nominations for the VSB Poetry Prize. His most recent novel, War and Turpentine, was longlisted for the International Man Booker Prize and the Best Translated Book Award.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'A gritty yet melancholy account of war and memory and art that may remind some readers of the work of the German writer W. G. Sebald...Urbain Martien was a man of another time. This serious and dignified book is old-fashioned, too, in the pleasant sense that it seems built to last.'

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Author's Bio

Born in 1951, Stefan Hertmans has published novels, short-story collections, essays and poetry. In 1995 he was awarded the three-yearly Flemish poetry prize. He has also received two nominations for the VSB Poetry Prize. His most recent novel, War and Turpentine, was longlisted for the International Man Booker Prize and the Best Translated Book Award.

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