A novel of exquisite shocks and steady control, a beautiful paradox of a book, unsettling and strange and wonderfully readable.
— award-winning author Frank McGuinness
Follow Ezekiel Yusuf Moran, a 99-year old homeopath, synesthete and French Resistance fighter as he recounts his audacious life story to his grandson, Daniel.
Ezekiel draws a sensuous, affecting and inspiring picture of life in Provençal France before, during and after World War II.
The intimate narrative of his life unfolds, chronicling his childhood and coming of age in Provence, his lost love, his survival of Auschwitz and his odyssey around the world searching for meaning until he finally finds purpose.
What is it Ezekiel finds that finally gives his life meaning again?
And what can we learn from this “strange and wonderfully readable book”?
Similar to Marilynne Robinson’s character Reverend Ames in GILEAD, or the spiritual realism of novels by Carlos Castaneda and Ben Okri, Ezekiel reminds us that past pain doesn’t always have to be prologue to future sorrows.
That even pain can be transformed into powerful lessons.
Read John Fanning’s deeply humane novel Ezekiel now.
The novel is the first in a cycle of novels.
Here’s a long interview John gave to Guernica magazine on Ezekiel and what inspired the book’s creation.
And here’s John being interviewed at the Dublin Book Festival, where the novel was launched:
You can also watch John reading a short chapter from the novel at The Icelandic Poetry Center in Siglufjordur, northern Iceland, where he was attending as “Writer in Residence”.