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This edition was published in by Little, Brown and Company

Written in English

656 pages

To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history....Late one night, 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. In city after city, in monasteries and archives, in letters and in secret conversations, the horrible truth emerges about Vlad the Impaler's dark reign-and 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 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.

Elizabeth Kostova's 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 suspenseful—and utterly unforgettable.

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2009, Little Brown & Company
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2008, Little, Brown
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June 1, 2008, Little, Brown and Company
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The Historian
June 3, 2008, Hachette Audio
Audio CD in English
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L'historienne et Drakula
2007, Pocket
in French / français
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Der Historiker: Roman
2006, Berliner Taschenbuch-Verl.
in German / Deutsch
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Hisutorian
2006, NHK Shuppan
in Japanese
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Li shi xue jia
2006, Da kuai wen hua chu ban gu fen you xian gong si
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The Historian
October 1, 2006, Back Bay Books
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The historian: a novel
2006, Little, Brown
in English - 1st Back Bay pbk. ed.
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The Historian
2006, Time Warner Paperbacks
Paperback
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The historian
2006, Back Bay Books
in English - 1st Back Bay international ed.
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Historikern
2005, Forum
in Swedish
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The Historian
June 1, 2005, Hachette Audio
Audio cassette in English - Abridged edition
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The Historian
June 30, 2005, Little, Brown
Hardcover
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The historian: a novel
2005, Little, Brown and Co.
in English - 1st large print ed.
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The Historian
2005, Books on Tape
Audio CD in English
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The Historian
2005, Little, Brown and Company
Electronic resource in English
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The Historian
2005, Little, Brown & Company
Hardcover in English
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The historian: a novel
2005, Little, Brown
in English - 1st ed
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The Historian
June 1, 2005, Hachette Audio
Audio CD in English - Abridged edition
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Historian
2005, Little, Brown and Company
Paperback
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The Historian
December 2005, Books on Tape
Audio Cassette in English
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The Historian
June 14, 2005, Little, Brown and Company
Hardcover in English
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The Historian
2005, Back Bay/Little, Brown & Co.
Paperback
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The historian: a novel
2005, Little, Brown and Co.
in English - 1st ed.
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La Historiadora / The Historian
September 30, 2005, Umbriel
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La Historiadora / The Historian
2005, Círculo de Lectores
Hardcover in Spanish / español
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Historyk
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Historian
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The Historian

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To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history....Late one night, 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. In city after city, in monasteries and archives, in letters and in secret conversations, the horrible truth emerges about Vlad the Impaler's dark reign-and 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 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.

Elizabeth Kostova's 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 suspenseful—and utterly unforgettable.

The Historian

This edition was published in by Little, Brown and Company


First Sentence

"In 1972 I was sixteen - young, my father said, to be traveling with him on his diplomatic missions."

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Number of pages
656
Dimensions
9.6 x 5.8 x 1.6 inches
Weight
2 pounds

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL9330861M
ISBN 10
0316011770
ISBN 13
9780316011778
Library Thing
5189
Goodreads
77273

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