The Shadow Land: A Novel

The Shadow Land: A Novel Author Elizabeth Kostova
ISBN-10 0345527860
ISBN-13 9780345527868
Year 2017-04-11
Pages 496
Language English
Publisher Ballantine Books
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From the 1 bestselling author of The Historian comes a mesmerizing novel that spans the past and the presentand unearths the troubled history of a gorgeous but haunted country A young American woman Alexandra Boyd has traveled to Sofia Bulgaria hoping that life abroad will salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother Soon after arriving in this elegant East European city however she helps an elderly couple into a taxiand realizes too late that she has accidentally kept one of their bags Inside she finds an ornately carved wooden box engraved with a name Stoyan Lazarov Raising the hinged lid she discovers that she is holding an urn filled with human ashes As Alexandra sets out to locate the family and return this precious item she will first have to uncover the secrets of a talented musician who was shattered by political oppressionand she will find out all too quickly that this knowledge is fraught with its own danger Elizabeth Kostovas new novel is a tale of immense scope that delves into the horrors of a century and traverses the culture and landscape of this mysterious country Suspenseful and beautifully written it explores the power of stories the pull of the past and the hope and meaning that can sometimes be found in the aftermath of loss Advance praise for The Shadow LandIn The Shadow Land Elizabeth Kostova a master storyteller brings vividly to life an unfamiliar countryBulgariaand a painful history that feels particularly relevant now You wont want to put down this remarkable book Claire Messud author of The Woman Upstairs In this brilliant work what appears at first a minor mystery quickly becomes emblematic of a whole countrys hidden history Lyrical and compelling The Shadow Land proves a profound meditation on how evil is inflicted endured and through courage and compassion defeated Elizabeth Kostovas third novel clearly establishes her as one of Americas finest writers Ron Rash author of The Risen The Shadow Land is thrilling and not just as a gripping tale Its also thrilling to watch such a talented writer cast her spell The central character actually begins this deft novel in an urn only to emerge as one of the most memorable characters Ive encountered in a long time Richard Russo author of Everybodys Fool Transporting draws us into Bulgarian history and character revelation like an elegant mysterious labyrinth Page turning evocative and richly imagined Dominic Smith author of The Last Painting of Sara de VosPraise for Elizabeth Kostovas The Historian Quite extraordinary Kostova is a natural storyteller She has refashioned the vampire myth into a compelling contemporary novel a late night page turner San Francisco Chronicle Hypnotic a thrill ride through history The Denver Post Part thriller part history part romance Kostova has a keen sense of storytelling and she has a marvelous story to tell Baltimore Sun Praise for The Swan Thieves Exquisite The Boston Globe Engrossing O The Oprah Magazine Stunning A beautifully written tale of art love and an obsession triggered by both Associated Press

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