The Spanish Doctor by Matt CohenThe Spanish Doctor by Matt Cohen

The Spanish Doctor

byMatt Cohen

Paperback | October 15, 2010

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One of Matt Cohen’s great gifts as a writer was that he refused to sit still and be pigeon-holed for one particular style of story. He turned his pen to everything from the genius of the Salem novels to the carefree beauty of Teddy Jam’s children’s books to the epic saga of The Spanish Doctor (first published in 1985). Set in Spain at the beginning of the great era of Jewish persecution in the 15th century, The Spanish Doctor tells the tale of Avram Halevi, a brilliant, sought-after doctor. As the era of tolerance that once marked Moorish Spain crashes to a close, Halevi’s privileged life is torn apart. Halevi flees first to France and then eventually to the remoteness of Russia to sustain the freedom he needs as much as life itself. Accompanying him is Gabriela, the woman who loves him. Peopled with men and women whose will to live surpasses war, plague and persecution, The Spanish Doctor is a powerful novel of passion and faith.

MATT COHEN is the author of thirteen novels as well as poetry, short stories, books for children, and works of translation from French to English. Shortly before his death in December 1999, Matt Cohen won the Governor General’s Award for his novel Elizabeth and After and the Harbourfront Festival Prize in honour of his life as a writer...
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Title:The Spanish DoctorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.4 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:October 15, 2010Publisher:Key Porter BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0886194520

ISBN - 13:9780886194529

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Praise for The Spanish Doctor“A book whose pages demand to be turned.”?Alberto Manguel, Quill & Quire“Remarkable in its intellectual grasp of human dilemma, remarkable in its evocation of the erotic texture of medieval surface.”?The Canadian ForumPraise for Matt Cohen“Elizabeth and After constantly surprises with its compassion and generosity, and its luminous appreciation of landscape and community.”?Governor General’s Award Juror’s Citation“A mature, funny, engaging... wonderful novel... that nails you to the chair cushions (or bed pillows) from start to finish.”?The Edmonton Journal (on Elizabeth and After)“A novel with the power to remind readers why they read fiction in the first place... It comes at age-old sorrow and joys from a new angle, and so serves as a reminder that the most astonishing of miracles is simply to be alive.”?Maclean’s (on Elizabeth and After)“Matt was a consummate writer. I don’t know of anyone who lived a commitment to the process of writing more thoroughly and with more intensity than he did.”?Margaret Atwood“[Cohen’s] characters?are strong and freestanding-and their utterances?have potency, wit, and inherent energy.”?Kirkus Reviews (on Emotional Arithmetic)“Emotional Arithmetic is a must for anyone who wants to face off with the 20th century.”?Quill and Quire