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The Historian : A Novel
by Elizabeth Kostova

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"It is a very well written novel that keeps the reader engrossed as two separate mysteries play out and en-twine."
Jane Martin - Bookland, Statesville, NC
In this riveting debut of breathtaking scope, a young girl discovers her father's darkest secret and embarks on a harrowing journey across Europe to complete the quest he never could—to find history's most legendary fiend: Dracula.
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More About The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
 
 
 
Overview
What We're Reading Now
"It is a very well written novel that keeps the reader engrossed as two separate mysteries play out and en-twine."
Jane Martin - Bookland, Statesville, NC
In this riveting debut of breathtaking scope, a young girl discovers her father's darkest secret and embarks on a harrowing journey across Europe to complete the quest he never could—to find history's most legendary fiend: Dracula.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780316011778
  • ISBN-10: 0316011770
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co
  • Publish Date: June 2005
  • Page Count: 642


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A vampire novel with bite

Among the many debut novels published each year, only a small percentage are granted generous advances, film rights sales and the full force of a publishing house's publicity machine. In 1997, the debut novel that drew the world's attention was Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha. This year, the smash hit in the first-novel category is unarguably Elizabeth Kostova's vampire novel The Historian, which has more than 800,000 copies in print. Ten years in the making, the novel follows a young girl who takes up her father's quest to find the real Dracula. Kostova was inspired both by her own father's vampire stories, and by her experiences living and traveling in Eastern Europe as the Iron Curtain fell. On one such trip to Bulgaria in 1989, she met her future husband, Georgi Kostov, who later emigrated to the U.S.

Told partially through letters and punctuated by digressions on European history and vampire lore, Kostova's novel might not have looked like a sure bet. However, when the book was published in mid-June, first-day sales topped those of another surprise blockbuster, The Da Vinci Code, and it hasn't left the bestseller lists since. The leisurely pace and literary style of The Historian are quite different from the hectic speed of Dan Brown's novel, but both books blend fact and fiction in interesting ways—and both keep readers eagerly turning the pages.

Kostova has said that her next novel will be vampire-free, though it still deals with her first love, history. Whatever the subject, her phenomenal success guarantees that the book will resemble its predecessor in at least one respect: sales figures.

 
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