The "complex and moving"( The New Yorker ) novel by Pulitzer Prize-winner Geraldine Brooks follows a rare manuscript through centuries of exile and war Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity by an acclaimed and beloved author. Called "a tour de force"by the San Francisco Chronicle , this ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in fifteenth-century S pain. When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding-an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair-only begin to unlock its deep mysteries and unexpectedly plunges Hanna into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics.
Praise for People of the Book: "There's romance between Brooks and the world, and her writing is as full of heart and curiosity as it is intelligence and judgement." --The Boston Globe "Intelligent, thoughtful, gracefully written and orginal. . .Brooks tells a believable and engaging story." --The Washington Post "Intense, gripping. . . People of the Book , like her Pulitzer Prize-winning previous novel March , is a tour de force that delivers a reverberating lesson gleaned from history. . . . It's a brilliant, innately suspenseful structure, and one that allows Brooks to show off her remarkable aptitude for assimilating research and conveying a wide range of settings. Also on full display is her keen sense of dramatic pacing." --San Francisco Chronicle "[A] marvelously intertwined narrative, with one strand tied to the contemporary world and the other leading us back into European history, into wars and inquisitions and family tragedies, all of this making up avidly narrated, powerfully emotional quest." --The Dallas Morning News "Richly imagined and at times almost unbearably exciting. . . . An ambitious book, a pleasure to read, and wholly successful in its attempt to give a sense of how miraculous, unlikely and ultimately binding the history of objects can be." --Star Tribune (Minneapolis) From the Trade Paperback edition.
Geraldine Brooks, geb. 1955 in Sydney, bereiste elf Jahre lang als Auslandskorrespondentin des Wall Street Journal verschiedene islamische Länder, darunter Bosnien, Somalia und den Mittleren Osten. Für ihre Reportagen über die palästinensische Intifada, den Iran-Irak-Konflikt und den Golfkrieg wurde sie mehrfach ausgezeichnet. Geraldine Brooks erhielt 2006 den Pulitzer Preis. 2010 wurde ihr der "Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement" verliehen.