The Melbourne Athenaeum Library

People of the book

by Brooks, Geraldine.
Additional authors: Wren, Edwina.
Published by : Bolinda Audio Books, ([Melbourne] :) Physical details: 12 sound discs (CD) (ca. 14 hr. 10 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. ISBN:9781921415418; 9781742013763. Year: 2008
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Audio Book Melbourne Athenaeum Library
Audiobooks
Audio Books BRO Available 051646
Total reserves: 0

Complete & unabridged.

Bolinda Audio Books: BAB 080316.

Read by Edwina Wren.

Read by Edwina Wren.

In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding-an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair-she begins to unlock the book's mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book's journey from its salvation back to its creation. In Bosnia during World War II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis. In the hedonistic salons of fin-de-siècle Vienna, the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city's rising anti-Semitism. In inquisition-era Venice, a Catholic priest saves it from burning. In Barcelona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile. And in Seville in 1480, the reason for the Haggadah's extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed. Hanna's investigation unexpectedly plunges her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics. Her experiences will test her belief in herself and the man she has come to love.

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