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People Of The Book

by Geraldine Brooks

Viking USA | April 4, 2013 | Hardcover |

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View our feature on Geraldine Books's "People of the Book."From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "March," the journey of a rare illuminated manuscript through centuries of exile and war
In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding--an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair--she begins to unlock the book's mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book's journey from its salvation back to its creation.
In Bosnia during World War II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis. In the hedonistic salons of fin-de-siecle Vienna, the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city's rising anti-Semitism. In inquisition-era Venice, a Catholic priest saves it from burning. In Barcelona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile. And in Seville in 1480, the reason for the Haggadah's extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed. Hanna's investigation unexpectedly plunges her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics. Her experiences will test her belief in herself and the man she has come to love.
Inspired by a true story, "People of the Book" is at once a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity, an ambitious, electrifying work by an acclaimed and beloved author.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in

Published: April 4, 2013

Publisher: Viking USA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 067001821X

ISBN - 13: 9780670018215

My very first Heather’s Pick – and still one of my favourite stories – was 'The Secret Book of Grazia Dei Rossi'. A love story between a poor young woman and a dashing Count, set against the backdrop of all that was happening in the time of the Medicis, the richly imagined saga was inspired when author Jacquie Parks came across two letters in the young woman’s hand archived at The New York Public Library. Similarly, People of the Book, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks, takes its inspiration from a small truth – the real-life existence of a rare and richly illustrated Passover Haggadah, originally created in medieval Spain. 'People of the Book' has it all – romance, mystery, intrigue, history, and when all is said and done – a great life lesson. It is storytelling at its best and will surely be considered one of the best novels of 2008. The perfect read to curl up with on these last few wintery weekends.

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People Of The Book

People Of The Book

by Geraldine Brooks

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in

Published: April 4, 2013

Publisher: Viking USA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 067001821X

ISBN - 13: 9780670018215

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Make this your next book club selection and everyone saves.
Get 15% off when you order 5 or more of this title for your book club.
Simply enter the coupon code BROOKSPEOPLE at checkout.
This offer does not apply to eBook purchases. This offer applies to only one downloadable audio per purchase.

View our feature on Geraldine Books's "People of the Book."From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "March," the journey of a rare illuminated manuscript through centuries of exile and war
In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding--an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair--she begins to unlock the book's mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book's journey from its salvation back to its creation.
In Bosnia during World War II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis. In the hedonistic salons of fin-de-siecle Vienna, the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city's rising anti-Semitism. In inquisition-era Venice, a Catholic priest saves it from burning. In Barcelona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile. And in Seville in 1480, the reason for the Haggadah's extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed. Hanna's investigation unexpectedly plunges her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics. Her experiences will test her belief in herself and the man she has come to love.
Inspired by a true story, "People of the Book" is at once a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity, an ambitious, electrifying work by an acclaimed and beloved author.

About the Author

Geraldine Brooks is the author of two acclaimed works of nonfiction, "Nine Parts of Desire"&"Foreign Correspondence". A former war correspondent, her writing has appeared in "The Wall Street Journal", "The New York Times", &"The Washington Post". She lives in Waterford, Virginia.
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