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Publisher's Summary

“[A] stirring song of freedom.” - Nobel Prize laureate Mario Vargas Llosa

From a renowned prize-winning Argentinian author comes a historical novel based on the true story of one man’s faith, spirit, and resistance during the Spanish Inquisition in Latin America.

Born in sixteenth-century Argentina, Francisco Maldonado da Silva is nine years old when he sees his father, Don Diego, arrested one harrowing afternoon because of his beliefs. Raised in a family practicing its Jewish faith in secret under the condemning eyes of the Spanish Inquisition, Francisco embarks on a personal quest that will challenge, enlighten, and forever change him.

He completes his education in a monastery; he reads the Bible; he dreams of reparation; he dedicates his life to science, developing a humanistic approach and becoming one of the first accredited medical doctors in Latin America; and most of all, he longs to reconnect with his father in Lima, Perú, the City of Kings.

So begins Francisco’s epic journey to fight for his true faith, to embrace his past, and to draw from his father’s indomitable strength in the face of unimaginable persecution. But the arm of the Holy Inquisition is an intractable one. As it reaches for Francisco, he sheds his mask to defend his freedom. Against seemingly insurmountable odds, he will prove that while the body can be broken, the spirit fights back, endures, and survives.

©1991 Marcos Aguinis (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2018 by Carolina De Robertis.

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  • Maayan Tuati Saraga
  • 09-01-2020

Astonishing story

This book transports you to the inquisition era. It's narrating helps you understand the fear the people had for showing or saying what they really where or what they believed in. What really hits me like a knife in my heart is that the hate the inquisitors spread around the world against the jewish people still exists. We can say it was a cult, it was a hate cult and people followed it because if they didn't it could get worse.

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