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People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC People of the Book From the Pulitzer Prize winning author of March the journey of a rare illuminated manuscript through centuries of exile and war .

In Hanna Heath an Australian rare book expert is offered the job of a lifetime analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war Priceless and beautiful the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images When Hanna a caustic loner with a passion for her work discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding an insect wing fragment wine stains salt crystals a white hair she begins to unlock the book s mysteries The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past tracing the book s journey from its salvation back to its creation .

In Bosnia during World War II a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis In the hedonistic salons of fin de si cle Vienna the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city s rising anti Semitism In inquisition era Venice a Catholic priest saves it from burning In Barcelona in the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile And in Seville in the reason for the Haggadah s extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed Hanna s investigation unexpectedly plunges her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra nationalist fanatics Her experiences will test her belief in herself and the man she has come to love .

Inspired by a true story People of the Book is at once a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity an ambitious electrifying work by an acclaimed and beloved autho

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From the Pulitzer Prize winning author of March the journey of a rare illuminated manuscript through centuries of exile and war br br In Hanna Heath an Australian rare book expert is offered the job of a lifetime analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war Priceless and beautiful the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images When Hanna a caustic loner with a passion for her work discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding an insect wing fragment wine stains salt crystals a white hair she begins to unlock the book s mysteries The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past tracing the book s journey from its salvation back to its creation br br In Bosnia during World War II a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis In the hedonistic salons of fin de si cle Vienna the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city s rising anti Semitism In inquisition era Venice a Catholic priest saves it from burning In Barcelona in the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile And in Seville in the reason for the Haggadah s extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed Hanna s investigation unexpectedly plunges her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra nationalist fanatics Her experiences will test her belief in herself and the man she has come to love br br Inspired by a true story People of the Book is at once a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity an ambitious electrifying work by an acclaimed and beloved author, The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country s finest short fiction and nonfiction Each volume s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines journals and websites The guest editor then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected and most popular of its kind br br This special e book sampler contains eleven selections from the editions br br From The Best American Short Stories edited by Geraldine Brooks br br Housewifely Arts by Megan Mayhew Bergman br Phantoms by Steven Millhauser br br From The Best American Essays edited by Edwidge Danticat br br Chapels by Pico Iyer br There Are Things Awry Here by Lia Purpura br br br From The Best American Mystery Stories edited by Harlan Coben br br A Crime of Opportunity by Ernest J Finney br br From The Best American Science and Nature Writing edited by Mary Roach br br The Killer in the Pool by Tim Zimmermann Jr br The Whole Fracking Enchilada by Sandra Steingraber br br br From The Best American Sports Writing edited by Jane Leavy br br The Surfing Savant by Paul Solotaroff br New Mike Old Christine by Nancy Hass br br From The Best American Travel Writing edited by Sloane Crosley br br My Year at Sea by Christopher Buckley br Miami Party Boom by Emily Witt, b With a New Afterword b br br As a prizewinning foreign correspondent for i The Wall Street Journal i Geraldine Brooks spent six years covering the Middle East through wars insurrections and the volcanic upheaval of resurgent fundamentalism Yet for her headline events were only the backdrop to a less obvious but more enduring drama the daily life of Muslim women b Nine Parts of Desire b i i is the story of Brooks intrepid journey toward an understanding of the women behind the veils and of the often contradictory political religious and cultural forces that shape their lives Defying our stereotypes about the Muslim world Brooks acute analysis of the world s fastest growing religion deftly illustrates how Islam s holiest texts have been misused to justify repression of women and how male pride and power have warped the original message of a once liberating faith, No description available