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The Boy from Seville

Dorit Orgad
AGE: 10-15

Manuel Nunez, the teenage narrator, describes Jewish life during the Spanish Inquisition in 17th-century Seville. Manuel`s life changes dramatically when he learns his familyns secret: they are Jews. Especially afraid of their servants, the family has ways of secretly following Jewish traditions – ingenious methods that have been tested through many years of persecution. Life in Seville is a minefield for secret Jews, but the family has experience in leading this double life. Later,Manuel falls in love with Violante whose sister, Leore, suspected of being a witch, has been imprisoned in the dreadful Triana Fortress.Unfortunately, his relationship with Violante brings him closer to the Inquisitors and threatens the Nunez family. The family’s escape to Amsterdam by sea is a satisfying resolution to the story. But it is the novel`s realistic portrayal of the period and the family`s struggles that make the strongest impression.

Illustrations: Avi Katz

The Boy from Seville
Title The Boy from Seville
Author’s Last Name Orgad
Author's First Name Dorit
Language(s) English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish
Genre youth
Publisher (Hebrew) Shazar Center
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1984
No. Pages 151 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Naʹar Mi-Sevillya
Representation Represented by ITHL


Russian: Jerusalem, Aliya, 1987; 1989
German: Frankfurt, Alibaba, 1992; pback: Munich, dtv junior, 1994
Spanish: Salamanca, Loguez, 1993
French: Paris, Hachette Jeunesse, 1995
Italian: Milan, Mondadori, 2004
English: Minneapolis, Kar-Ben Publishing, 2007
Serbian: Belgrade, Book & Marco, 2008
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