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Paul William Roberts

Agent: Jeff Thall, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California, United States


Born in Wales
Educated Raynes Park School & Exeter College, Oxford (M.A.)
Studied Sanskrit at the Hindu University Benares and Bangalore University (D.Phil); studied Hebrew and Aramaic in Jerusalem and UC Berkeley.
Taught Renaissance literature and neo-Platonism at St Peter's College, Oxford. Teaching positions at York University and University of Toronto.
Worked as writer-producer-director in film and television for several years. Numerous awards for television and print journalism, including Golden Rose at Montreux, Presidents medal at National Magazine Awards, Association of Canadian Journalists Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting.
Several books of non-fiction, a novel, short stories, and the first English translation of the complete "Zohar" in 22 volumes. Currently working on translations of other key Kabbalist texts, as well as a long novel set in Canada.
Lives in Italy and Toronto.

Interests: Literary Fiction, Travel, Philosophy. Official Home Page:

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • The Palace of Fears:
  • Nonfiction

  • Empire of the Soul: Some Journeys in India
  • The Demonic Comedy: Some Detours in the Baghdad of Saddam Hussein
  • River in the Desert: Modern Travels in Ancient Egypt
  • In Search of the Birth of Jesus: the real journey of the magi
  • Smokescreen: One Man Against the Underworld
  • Journey of the Magi: In Search of the Birth of Jesus