The Elixir of Immortality: A novel by Gabi Gleichmann, translated by Michael Meigs
A mesmerizing debut novel spanning a thousand years of European and Jewish history as seen through the beguiling members of the Spinoza family.
"A Dan Brown novel done right, full of wit and mystery. Memorable and sure to be one of the big novels of the season." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"Gleichmann here masterfully spins out the tangled fates of 17 generations of Spinozas...A supple translation of the Norwegian original conveys the cathartic force of this masterpiece." -- Booklist (Starred)
"If Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude took place in cosmopolitan Europe, or if the cast of the Arabian Nights rubbed shoulders with the greatest minds of Western civilization, then those works might resemble this magical and tragic novel." --Jewish Book Council
"A few novels are so thoroughly engrossing that one feels compelled to reread them immediately...[C]ompellingly readable and lively for some 800 pages. It’s the kind of book that, wherever you open it, you get hooked. Quite amazing for a first novel... [T]he simple truth is that this beautiful narrative and its myriad tales celebrates the age-old Jewish injunction: Zachor (remember)....A fabulous novel." -- Fuse