Marek Halter was born in Poland in 1936. During World War II, he and his parents narrowly escaped from the Warsaw ghetto. After a time in Russia and Uzbekistan, they immigrated to France in 1950. Then Halter embarked on a career as a painter that led to several international exhibitions. He is also the author of several internationally acclaimed, bestselling historical novels, including The Messiah, The Wind of the Khazars, Sarah, Zipporah, Lilah, and The Book of Abraham, which won the Prix du Livre Inter.
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