• The Gospel According to Lazarus

From the international best-selling author of The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon comes a dazzling new work of historical fiction, retelling the story of the Passion from the point of view of Lazarus.

The New Testament tells us that Jesus resurrected his friend Lazarus from the dead. But missing from the Gospels are details of how he achieved this miracle and whether he had a special purpose in doing so. The acclaimed and best-selling novelist Richard Zimler takes up the tale and in The Gospel According to Lazarus, recreates the story of the Passion through the eyes of Lazarus.

Returned to life, Lazarus has difficulty in regaining his previous identity. His experience of death has left him fragile and disoriented; moreover he has sensed nothing of an afterlife. As he turns more and more to Jesus for guidance, while observing his friend’s growing mystical powers and influence, he finds their lives becoming dangerously entwined.

In this compelling yet subtle work of fiction the author places Jesus in the historical context of ancient Jewish practice and tradition; he is at once a charismatic rabbi and a political activist who uses his awareness of a transcendent reality – culminating in the Kingdom of Heaven – to try to bring justice to his people together with a broader compassion for humankind.

Through Lazarus Zimler brings the familiar story vividly to life and finds fresh meaning in the Passion and Crucifixion.



RICHARD ZIMLER (b. 1956, New York) is the author of ten novels, including The Search for Sana, The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon and The Seventh Gate. He has won many prizes for his writing and has lectured on Sephardic Jewish culture all over the world. He now lives in Porto, Portugal, where he teaches journalism and writes. His latest novel is The Gospel According to Lazarus.










Bibliographic Data
Date Published 18 April, 2018
Format Hardback
ISBN Number 9780720620627

The Gospel According to Lazarus

  • £14.99


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