A nuanced and engrossing tale, The Apocryphal of Lazarus by Pablo Zaragoza follows the Biblical Lazarus after being raised from the dead by Jesus. While waiting for Christ's return, he sets out to create a purpose for his life, a mission that starts with shipbuilding and vineyards. But Lazarus quickly discovers that time passes by and he doesn't grow older. He will experience a cycle of having children and grandchildren and watching them die, of marrying over and over, and ultimately, he must determine how to camouflage his immortality. His life after the miraculous encounter with Christ is filled with adventure, taking him across the world where he fights in the war to conquer the Aztecs, stands with the natives against the invading Spaniards in New Mexico and California, and establishes the first healthcare system in New Orleans. This is the story of a character whose miraculous resurrection sets him on the path to bringing light to humanity, spreading the word about Jesus, and fighting injustices.
A richly textured, deeply moving tale with strong spiritual currents, The Apocryphal of Lazarus follows the journey of one man whose destiny is shaped by a singular moment of grace. While it is filled with realistic characters and teeming with historical hints, it carries a powerful message — the real encounter with Grace transforms everything about us. Lazarus is a character that is elaborately drawn and the tales maximize internal tension, spiritual resonances, and drive. Pablo Zaragoza has the extraordinary ability to arouse the imagination of readers, forcing them to feel the characters and connect with their humanity. You’ll love the unassuming style of writing, the author’s gift for bringing life into the scenes, the vivid descriptions, and the absorbing nature of Lazarus’ adventures.