An edition of The Historian (2005)

The historian

a novel

1st ed
  • 3.76 ·
  • 21 Ratings
  • 63 Want to read
  • 5 Currently reading
  • 31 Have read

My Reading Lists:

Create a new list

Check-In

×Close
Add an optional check-in date. Check-in dates are used to track yearly reading goals.
Today

  • 3.76 ·
  • 21 Ratings
  • 63 Want to read
  • 5 Currently reading
  • 31 Have read

Buy this book

Last edited by ImportBot
October 8, 2021 | History
An edition of The Historian (2005)

The historian

a novel

1st ed
  • 3.76 ·
  • 21 Ratings
  • 63 Want to read
  • 5 Currently reading
  • 31 Have read

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.

Publish Date
Language
English
Pages
642

Buy this book

Previews available in: English French German Chinese Japanese Swedish

Edition Availability
Cover of: The historian
The historian: a novel
2008, Little, Brown
in English - 1st Little, Brown mass market ed.
Cover of: The Historian
The Historian
June 1, 2008, Little, Brown and Company
Mass Market Paperback in English
Cover of: L'historienne et Drakula
L'historienne et Drakula
2007, Pocket
in French
Cover of: Der Historiker
Der Historiker: Roman
2006, Berliner Taschenbuch-Verl.
in German
Cover of: Li shi xue jia
Li shi xue jia
2006, Da kuai wen hua chu ban gu fen you xian gong si
in Chinese - Chu ban
Cover of: The Historian
The Historian
2006, Time Warner Paperbacks
Paperback
Cover of: Hisutorian
Hisutorian
2006, NHK Shuppan
Cover of: The historian
The historian: a novel
2005, Little, Brown and Co.
in English - 1st large print ed.
Cover of: Historikern
Historikern
2005, Forum
in Swedish
Cover of: The historian
The historian: a novel
2005, Little, Brown, Little, Brown and Company
in English - 1st ed

Add another edition?

Book Details


Published in

New York

Edition Notes

Genre
Fiction

Classifications

Library of Congress
PS3611.O74927 H57 2005, PS3611.O74927H57

The Physical Object

Pagination
x, 642 p. ;
Number of pages
642

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL17172456M
Internet Archive
isbn_9780739463062
ISBN 10
0316011770
LCCN
2004022563
OCLC/WorldCat
56599732
Library Thing
5189
Goodreads
77273

Community Reviews (0)

Feedback?
No community reviews have been submitted for this work.

History

Download catalog record: RDF / JSON
October 8, 2021 Edited by ImportBot import existing book
September 12, 2021 Edited by Jenner Merge works
September 12, 2021 Edited by Jenner merge authors
September 12, 2021 Edited by Jenner Edited without comment.
December 10, 2009 Created by WorkBot add works page