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A Novel

Jacob Needleman

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Adolescent Eliot Appleman joins the Sorcerers, a group of young magicians who share his yearnings and aspirations. As Eliot discovers he has genuine mystical powers, he is drawn into a perilous clash between two conflicting forces—the compulsion to manipulate others and the need to to master his own nature and find his place in the world.

Sorcerers is an enthralling blend of sorcery, religion, wisdom and philosophy, in which Jacob Needleman has created a brilliant moral fable for the twentieth century.


“An extraordinarily absorbing tale."—John Cleese

"A fascinating story that merges the pains of growing up with the intrigue of magic…constantly engrossing"—San Francisco Chronicle

"The most challenging book you will read this or any year.…You can hardly help being touched by the book's central message: that life's magical possibilities can be attained—with commitment, struggle and choice…inspiring."—Fiction Review

"A sensitive, humorously rendered novel about growing up, a romance, a metaphysical thriller, a mystery, even a primer on magic."—Columbus Magazine


Jacob Needleman is Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University, former Visiting Professor at Duxx Graduate School of Business Leadership in Monterrey, Mexico, and former Director of the Center for the study of New Religions at The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He was educated in philosophy at Harvard, Yale and the University of Freiburg, Germany. He has also served as Research Associate at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, as a Research Fellow at Union Theological Seminary, as Adjunct Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of California Medical School and as guest Professor of Religious Studies at the Sorbonne, Paris (1992).

In addition to his teaching and writing, he serves as a consultant in the fields of business, psychology, education, medical ethics and philanthropy, and is increasingly well known as an organizer and moderator of conferences in these fields. He has been featured on Bill Moyers' acclaimed PBS series, "A World of Ideas."