Septimania: A Novel by Jonathan Levi

By Jonathan Levi

Septimania, Jonathan Levi's first novel on account that 1992's seriously acclaimed A consultant for the puzzled, is an incredible work―a tale instantaneously own and mythic, with topics as huge because the universe and as small as an appleseed.

On an spring afternoon in 1978 within the loft of a church outdoor Cambridge, England, an organ tuner named Malory loses his virginity to a dyslexic math genius named Louiza. whilst Louiza disappears, Malory follows her path to Rome. There, the hunt to discover his love will get sidetracked whilst he discovers he's the inheritor to the dominion of Septimania, given through Charlemagne to the Jews of eighth-century France. in the course of a Rome reeling from the kidnappings and bombs of the pink Brigades, Malory is topped King of the Jews, Holy Roman Emperor and doubtless Caliph of All Islam.

Over the following fifty years, Malory’s look for Louiza ends up in encounters with Pope John Paul II, a band of misplaced Romanians, a mystical Bernini statue, Haroun al Rashid of Arabian Nights repute, an elephant that adjustments colour, a shadowy U.S. undercover agent organisation and one of many Sep 11 bombers, an appleseed from the unique Tree of data, and the key background of Isaac Newton and his discovery of a Grand Unified concept that explains every little thing. it's the quest of a Candide for romance and information, and the last word discovery that they're unified in the end.

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You filthy beggar, get out of here, don't touch me, if you lay a finger on me I'll cane you to death . . and he'd go back to the window with the broken panes, stark . naked. The old women and the nuns didn't dare cross the court with the orange trees anymore. We decided that the best thing was to board up the shutters of his cell. But he always managed to break them down. Until one night, as Don Clemente slept, I walled up his window with bricks and cement, the first window I walled up in the Casa.

It was witch­ craft, black magic, and that's why the peasants were being crushed under the weight of endless misfortunes. Over the bone­ dry plains, where the animals swollen with thirst were dying off, the head of the landowner's daughter, flapping huge sinewy ears that were like bat wings, would fly after the yellow bitch dog­ it was warty and scrawny like the girl's nursemaid-that guided the chonch6n to a place indicated by the rays of their accom­ plice, the moon, on the other side of the hills.

I'm the seventh old woman. I'll take it upon myself to watch over the Azcoitia about to be born. Iris's - 50 vomit, which I washed from the kitchen tiles, anointed me. I keep it wrapped in a floor rag, with my books and my manu­ scripts, under the bed, where all old women keep their things. THE FIRST TffiNG I had to do was win them over. If I didn't find a way to dazzle them, I'd be accepted by them in name only, even though I'd groveled for them. I let a few days go by while I laid my plans, letting them go on barely talking to me and watching me on the sly.

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