Envy - The Seculary of a Wandering Jew (Book 1)

In the grand tradition of historical fictional biographies by Robert Graves (I, Claudius), Marguerite Yourcenar (Memories of Hadrian) and Gore Vidal (Julian), THE SECULARY OF A WANDERING JEW - ENVY, brings to light the story of an outsider fated to roam through the ages under the shadows of History. More
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About Paulo Barata

Since my early teens I’ve been a wanderer, fortunate to have lived in three continents and experienced what plurality, humanism and tolerance are all about. A career in multinational management revealed further cultures and customs, and also the follies and foibles of men. But life is all too fickle, and there are days when I live in fear - a fear of regression, of forgetting the errors of the past and the achievements that mankind as a whole has reached.

When such fears assail me, I like to hide under a book cover and exorcise those demons by reading of the heroics of past ages and how we have survived as a civilization. It helps. It helps a lot!

And as soon as they’re gone, I like to write. To write fiction, historical fiction, struggling to portray in ancient settings what has always been present in our nature — the qualities, the virtues, the morals, the hope, but also the weaknesses and the sins. It’s these make us all too human.

The story of the “Seculary of a Wandering Jew” is a portrait of the mutating nature of ourselves over time, inspired by faith and fate, or the lack of it. Research and imagination into words create such worlds, my own haven for these changing times.

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The Wandering Jew (1904) Georges Méliès
This early silent film is based on the old story of the wandering jew. The Jew is haunted by the crucifixion of Jesus after taunting Jesus wanders in torment meeting up with a creature who hits him with his own walking stick then later sees an angel. He then enters a courtyard and cowers beneath an angry sky filled with lightning. This film was released in France under the name, "Le juif errant"

Robert Saxton: The Wandering Jew
Saxton's epic opera merges Christian and Jewish tradition in the myth of the eternal outsider, the Wandering Jew.

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