The Historian

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The Historian

by Elizabeth Kostova

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If your pulse flutters at the thought of castle ruins and descents into crypts by moonlight, you will savor every creepy page of Elizabeth Kostova''s long but beautifully structured thriller The Historian.The story opens in Amsterdam in 1972, when a teenage girl discovers a medieval book and a cache of yellowed letters in her diplomat father''s library. The pages of the book are empty except for a woodcut of a dragon. The letters are addressed to: "My dear and unfortunate successor." When the girl confronts her father, he reluctantly confesses an unsettling story: his involvement, twenty years earlier, in a search for his graduate school mentor, who disappeared from his office only moments after confiding to Paul his certainty that Dracula--Vlad the Impaler, an inventively cruel ruler of Wallachia in the mid-15th century--was still alive. The story turns out to concern our narrator directly because Paul''s collaborator in the search was a fellow student named Helen Rossi (the unacknowledged daughter of his mentor) and our narrator''s long-dead mother, about whom she knows almost nothing. And then her father, leaving just a note, disappears also.As well as numerous settings, both in and out of the East Bloc, Kostova has three basic story lines to keep straight--one from 1930, when Professor Bartolomew Rossi begins his dangerous research into Dracula, one from 1950, when Professor Rossi''s student Paul takes up the scent, and the main narrative from 1972. The criss-crossing story lines mirror the political advances, retreats, triumphs, and losses that shaped Dracula''s beleaguered homeland--sometimes with the Byzantines on top, sometimes the Ottomans, sometimes the rag-tag local tribes, or the Orthodox church, and sometimes a fresh conqueror like the Soviet Union.Although the book is appropriately suspenseful and a delight to read--even the minor characters are distinctive and vividly seen--its most powerful moments are those that describe real horrors. Our narrator recalls that after reading descriptions of Vlad burning young boys or impaling "a large family," she tried to forget the words: "For all his attention to my historical education, my father had neglected to tell me this: history''s terrible moments were real. I understand now, decades later, that he could never have told me. Only history itself can convince you of such a truth." The reader, although given a satisfying ending, gets a strong enough dose of European history to temper the usual comforts of the closing words. --Regina Marler

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The Historian, Audio Cassettes

The Historian, Audio Cassettes

by Elizabeth Kostova

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Publisher: Time Warner Audio Books, US, Lebanon, Indiana, U.S.A., 2005.

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8 cassettes, as new in black box. Read by Joanne Whalley et al. A Novel. The story of a young woman's search for the truth of her family's past. With the help of an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters from her father's library, she is plunged into the dark history of the 15th century ruler Vlad the Impaler. Did the Dracula of myth really exist and does he live on in the modern world? 647 pp.

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The Historian [AudioCassette]

The Historian [AudioCassette]

by Elizabeth Kostova

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Format: Audiobook cassette

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8 cassettes. Audience: General/trade.

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The Historian

The Historian

by Elizabeth Kostova

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Audio Book 8 AUDIO CASSETTES, TESTED FOR YOUR SATISFACTION, in the original printed box. Some shelf wear to the case. Each cassette is in an individual slot, protected and clear sounding. ENJOY THIS AUDIO CASSETTE PERFORMANCE.

$19.88