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The Resource People of the Book

People of the Book

Label
People of the Book
Title
People of the Book
Statement of responsibility
Geraldine Brooks
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Language
eng
Summary
View our feature on Geraldine Books's 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 1996, 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-siècle 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 1492, the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile. And in Seville in 1480, 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 author.From the Hardcover edition
Summary
In 1996, Hanna Heath, a young Australian book conservator is called to analyze the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a priceless six-hundred-year-old Jewish prayer book that has been salvaged from a destroyed Bosnian library. When Hanna discovers a series of artifacts in the centuries' old binding, she unwittingly exposes an international cover up
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Award
  • Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year, 2008.
  • Australian Book Industry Awards, Literary Fiction Book of the Year, 2008.
  • Massachusetts Book Awards, Fiction Award, 2009.
  • School Library Journal Best Books: Best Adult Books 4 Teens, 2008.
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204792
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DLC
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Brooks, Geraldine
Dewey number
823.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
Target audience
adult
Label
People of the Book
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Publication
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OVERDRIVE:0a6b933a-44e6-4494-ba0d-8d3cceefb166
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781101158197
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
People of the Book
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:0a6b933a-44e6-4494-ba0d-8d3cceefb166
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781101158197
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Specific material designation
optical disk

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