December 30, 2008
December 30, 2008
The â?complex and movingâ?(The New Yorker) novel by Pulitzer Prizeâ?winner Geraldine Brooks follows a rare manuscript through centuries of exile and war
Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity by an acclaimed and beloved author. Called â?a tour de forceâ?by the San Francisco Chronicle, this ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in fifteenth-century S pain. When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient bindingâ?an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hairâ?only begin to unlock its deep mysteries and unexpectedly plunges Hanna into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics.
Geraldine Brooks follows up her Pulitzer Prize-winning MARCH with a novel that traces the origins of one of the world's most precious books, the illuminated manuscript known as the Sarajevo Haggadah. Hanna Heath, an Australian book conservator, arrives in war torn Bosnia to help restore the Haggadah, and Brooks uses this as a jumping-off point to travel back through time to show the winding path of the holy treasure. Created in Seville in the 14th century, the book barely escaped destruction during the Inquisition; it traveled through Venice and Vienna before nearly falling into the hands of the ****** in Yugoslavia. PEOPLE OF THE BOOK is a richly evocative journey through history---the novel captures the beauty and mystery of Jewish tradition despite being continually surrounded and hounded by the ravages of war and persecution.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Literary, Historical Fiction, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Politics, Religion + Beliefs, War + Military, Peoples + Cultures
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Geraldine Brooks
- Online Item #: 11320958
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-2185
- ISBN: 9780143115007
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported