By Geraldine Brooks
From the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of March, the adventure of an extraordinary illuminated manuscript via centuries of exile and war.
In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book professional, is out there the task of an entire life: research and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling through the Bosnian warfare. worthy and lovely, the publication is among the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with photos. whilst Hanna, a caustic loner with a fondness for her paintings, discovers a sequence of tiny artifacts in its historical binding—an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair—she starts off to unencumber the book’s mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely specified and atmospheric previous, tracing the book’s trip from its salvation again to its construction.
In Bosnia in the course of global conflict II, a Muslim hazards his lifestyles to guard it from the Nazis. within the hedonistic salons of fin-de-siècle Vienna, the e-book turns into a pawn within the fight opposed to the city’s emerging anti-Semitism. In inquisition-era Venice, a Catholic priest saves it from burning. In Barcelona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the textual content sees his relations destroyed via the agonies of enforced exile. And in Seville in 1480, the cause of the Haggadah’s outstanding illuminations is eventually disclosed. Hanna’s research by surprise plunges her into the intrigues of good artwork forgers and ultra-nationalist enthusiasts. Her reviews will attempt her trust in herself and the guy she has come to like.
encouraged through a real tale, People of the Book is without delay a singular of sweeping old grandeur and intimate emotional depth, an bold, electrifying paintings via an acclaimed and loved writer.