By Jonathan Levi
Septimania, Jonathan Levi's first novel due to the fact that 1992's severely acclaimed A advisor for the Perplexed, is a tremendous work―a tale straight away own and mythic, with issues as huge because the universe and as small as an appleseed.
On an spring afternoon in 1978 within the loft of a church open air Cambridge, England, an organ tuner named Malory loses his virginity to a dyslexic math genius named Louiza. while Louiza disappears, Malory follows her path to Rome. There, the search to discover his love will get sidetracked whilst he discovers he's the inheritor to the dominion of Septimania, given by way of 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 subsequent fifty years, Malory’s look for Louiza ends up in encounters with Pope John Paul II, a band of misplaced Romanians, a paranormal Bernini statue, Haroun al Rashid of Arabian Nights reputation, an elephant that adjustments colour, a shadowy U.S. undercover agent supplier and one of many 9-11 bombers, an appleseed from the unique Tree of information, and the key heritage of Isaac Newton and his discovery of a Grand Unified idea that explains every thing. it's the quest of a Candide for romance and information, and the last word discovery that they are unified after all.