People of the Book

People of the Book


By (author) Geraldine Brooks

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 372 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 191mm x 23mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 30 December 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143115006
  • ISBN 13: 9780143115007
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 46,928

Product description

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.

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Author information

Geraldine Brooks is the author of Year of Wonders and the nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Previously, Brooks was a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, stationed in Bosnia, Somalia, and the Middle East. END

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aLess flash and more substance than "The Da Vinci Code" . . . The stories of the Sarajevo Haggadah, both factual and fictional, are stirring testaments to the people of many faiths who risked all to save this priceless work.a a "USA Today" aAs full of heart and curiosity as it is intelligence and judgment.a a"The Boston Globe" aIntelligent, thoughtful, gracefully written and original.a aJonathan Yardley, "The Washington Post" aErudite but suspenseful . . . one of the most popular and successful works of fiction in the New Year.a aAlan Cheuse, NPR / aAll Things Considereda