“Haskala” is a historical novel on enlightenment, self-determination, religious in/tolerance and intercultural mis/understanding set in late 18th century Europe. In the wake of the French Revolution, Agata Serra, a young woman of the Genoese nobility, is hastily sent to St. Petersburg to be married. The young bride and her maid will find in a Russian court Jew involved in the Jewish Enlightenment (Haskala) and in his widowed mother two unlikely escorts. Forced by inescapable proximity, the four travel companions will have to come to terms with and learn from their respective differences and biases against the background of a Europe in turmoil. The novel ends with Agata’s eventful arrival in St. Petersburg, during a “white night” that will forever change her foretold destiny.

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