THE HISTORIAN

By: Kostova, Elizabeth

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FIRST EDITION (stated), FIFTH PRINTING. Hardcover without dust jacket. 8vo (approx 6.25 x 9.5"). 642, (4) pp. Quarter bound in publisher's red cloth over black boards, gilt lettering and borders on spine, Little, Brown medallion blind-stamped on cover, maps on endpapers.This is a new, unopened copy in perfect condition. AS NEW. A lyrical and literate novel of superb style, a tale of Dracula, his story from history and also in the 20th Century. It is detective work in historical research, travel and pursuit in exotic lands, and expert knowledge of book collecting, that leads to an ancient legend found to be all too real. Late one night, in 1972 Amsterdam, exploring her father's 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 father's past and her mother's 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 known - and 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 herself - to 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 existed - and 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. Parsing obscure signs and hidden texts, reading codes worked into the fabric of medieval monastic traditions - and evading the unknown adversaries who will go to any lengths to conceal and protect Vlad's ancient powers - one woman comes ever closer to the secret of her own past and a confrontation with the very definition of evil.. The volume is in perfect, pristine condition, unmarked, tight, square and clean. AS NEW.. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 642, (4) pp

Title: THE HISTORIAN

Author Name: Kostova, Elizabeth

Categories: Mystery & Suspense, Novels, Poetry & Literature, Fiction,

Edition: Stated First Edition. Fifth Printing

Publisher: NY, Little, Brown & Co.: 2005

ISBN Number: 0316011770

ISBN Number 13: 9780316011778

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: As New with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 4640

Keywords: Fiction Horror Vampires Dracula