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The Historian Elizabeth Kostova 0316058866 9780316058865 To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history...... Late one night, exploring her fathers library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. T
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The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history...... Late one night, exploring her fathers library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to My dear and unfortunate successor, and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of a labyrinth where the secrets of her fathers past and her mothers mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history. The letters provide links to one of the darkest powers that humanity has ever knownand to a centuries-long quest to find the source of that darkness and wipe it out. It is a quest for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, the medieval ruler whose barbarous reign formed the basis of the legend of Dracula. Generations of historians have risked their reputations, their sanity, and even their lives to learn the truth about Vlad the Impaler and Dracula. Now one young woman must decide whether to take up this quest herselfto follow her father in a hunt that nearly brought him to ruin years ago, when he was a vibrant young scholar and her mother was still alive. What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler have to do with the modern world? Is it possible that the Dracula of myth truly existedand that he has lived on, century after century, pursuing his own unknowable ends? The answers to these questions cross time and borders, as first the father and then the daughter search for clues, from dusty Ivy League libraries to Istanbul, Budapest, and the depths of Eastern Europe. In city after city, in monasteries and archives, in letters and in secret conversations, the horrible truth emerges about Vlad the Impalers dark reignand about a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive down through the ages. Parsing obscure signs and hidden texts, reading codes worked into the fabric of medieval monastic traditionsand evading the unknown adversaries who will go to any lengths to conceal and protect Vlads ancient powersone woman comes ever closer to the secret of her own past and a confrontation with the very definition of evil. Elizabeth Kostovas debut novel is an adventure of monumental proportions, a relentless tale that blends fact and fantasy, history and the present, with an assurance that is almost unbearably suspensefuland utterly unforgettable.

Author: Elizabeth Kostova

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 1184

Publisher: Thorndike Press

Publication Date: 2005-07-15

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ISBN: 0316058866


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