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People of the book : a novel /

Brooks, Geraldine,

People of the book : a novel / Geraldine Brooks. - New York, N.Y. : Viking, 2008. - 372 pages : maps ; 25 cm.

Maps on endpapers.

Hanna: Sarajevo, spring 1996 -- An insect's wings, Sarajevo, 1940 -- Hanna: Vienna, spring 1996 -- Feathers and a rose: Vienna, 1894 -- Hanna: Vienna, spring 1996 -- Wine stains: Venice, 1609 -- Hanna: Boston, spring 1996 -- Saltwater: Tarragona, 1492 -- Hanna: London, spring 1996 -- A white hair: Seville, 1480 -- Hanna: Sarajevo, spring 1996 -- Hanna: Arnhem land, Gunumeleng, 2002.

"From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 'March' comes an intricate, ambitious novel of richly imagined history and intimate emotional intensity. 'People of the Book' sweeps its readers on an intellectual adventure, from convivencia Spain to the ruins of Sarajevo, from the Silver Age of Venice to the sunburned rock faces of northern Australia.
In 1996, a rare book expert is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of a mysterious, beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in fifteenth-century Spain and recently saved from destruction during the shelling of Sarajevo's libraries. When Hanna Heath, a caustic Aussie loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in the book's ancient binding - an insect-wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair - she begins to unlock the mysteries of the book's eventful past and to uncover the dramatic stories of those who created it and those who risked everything to protect it.
In Bosnia during World War II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis. In the hedonistic salons of fin-de-si├Ęcle Vienna, the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city's rising anti-Semitism. In Venice in 1609, a Catholic priest saves the book from the Inquisition's fires. In Taragona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the texts sees his family destroyed by the agonies of forced exile. And in Seville in 1480, the reason for the manuscript's extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed. Hanna's investigations unexpectedly plunge her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultranationalist fanatics. Her experiences will test her belief in herself and the man she has come to love." -- Inside cover

067001821X (hardback) 9780670018215 (hardback)

2007018082

(AMICUS)000033393466


Sarajevo Haggadah--Fiction


Judaism--Manuscripts--Fiction.
Manuscripts, Hebrew--Fiction.
Manuscripts, Hebrew--Fiction.
Judaism--Manuscripts--Fiction.
Mothers and daughters--Fiction.
Antisemitism--Fiction.
Books--Conservation and restoration.
Judaism--Manuscripts.
Manuscripts, Hebrew.
Rare books--Fiction.
Sarajevo Hagggadah--Fiction.
Hebrew manuscript--Fiction.
Australian fiction.
Judaism--Prayers--Fiction.
Judaism--Prayers and devotions--Fiction.
Books--Conservation and restoration--Fiction.
Judaism--Prayers and devotions.
Books--Conservation and restoration--Fiction.


Sarajevo (Bosnia and Hercegovina)--Fiction.

Australian Historical fiction.


Historical fiction.
Action and adventure fiction.
Fiction.
Prayers.
Devotional literature.
Historical fiction.
Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Fiction
Thrillers (Fiction).

PR9619.3.B7153 / P46 2008

A823.4
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