Publication Date: 06/02/2006 ISBN: 9780751537284 Category:

The Historian

Elizabeth Kostova

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication Date: 06/02/2006 ISBN: 9780751537284 Category:
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THE SUMPTUOUS INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER.

‘A smart retelling of the Dracula story’ New Yorker

‘Quite extraordinary….Kostova is a natural storyteller….She has refashioned the vampire myth into a compelling contemporary novel, a late-night page-turner’ – San Francisco Chronicle

Breathtakingly suspenseful and beautifully written, The Historian is the story of a young woman plunged into a labyrinth where the secrets of her family’s past connect to an inconceivable evil: the dark fifteenth-century reign of Vlad the Impaler and a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive through the ages. The search for the truth becomes an adventure of monumental proportions, taking us from monasteries and dusty libraries to the capitals of Eastern Europe-in a feat of storytelling so rich, so hypnotic, so exciting that it has enthralled readers around the world.

‘Filled with fascinating details of archaic vampire lore, the splendours of the Ottoman Empire and the beauty of the Romanian countryside’ – Times Literary Supplement

Publisher Review

This literary thriller is a page-turner with brains * DAILY MAIL * THE HISTORIAN amounts to something profound. . . and wondrously mathematical at times, a genre novel by Bach . . . We encounter obsession, possession, and the struggle against the brevity of life. It is an exploration of the eternal desire for intimacy. * THE TIMES * The Historian is great fun. . . told with a compelling intensity which will keep the reader hooked until the last Undead tomb door swings shut * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH * A gasp-inducing, breathtakingly dark mystery set in the present but wrapped around the folklore and history of Dracula...written in an exquisitely delicate and reserved style' * GOOD HOUSEKEEPING * Filled with fascinating details of archaic vampire lore, the splendours of the Ottoman Empire and the beauty of the Romanian countryside * TLS *

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