The Shadow Land (Hardback)
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Hardback 504 Pages / Published: 11/04/2017
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From the bestselling author of The Historian comes a mesmerizing novel that spans the past and the present—and 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 taxi—and 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 oppression—and she will find out all too quickly that this knowledge is fraught with its own danger.
 
Elizabeth Kostova’s 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.

“In The Shadow Land, Elizabeth Kostova, a master storyteller, brings vividly to life an unfamiliar country—Bulgaria—and a painful history that feels particularly relevant now. You won’t want to put down this remarkable book.”—Claire Messud, author of The Woman Upstairs

The Shadow Land is thrilling, and not just as a gripping tale. It’s 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 I’ve encountered in a long time.”—Richard Russo, author of Everybody’s Fool

Publisher: Text Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781911231103
Number of pages: 504
Dimensions: 242 x 160 mm

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“A compelling story”

Alexandra is not a regular tourist. She is determined to return what was left in her possession and follow her instincts, keep searching, even when she might be in danger. Alexandra or Bird as she is nicknamed forms a... More

Hardback edition
1 similar book recommended
21st June 2017
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“Different from The Historian but a worthwhile read”

The Shadow Land is a rich, textured story that speaks with warm affection for the little known (by much of the wider world, that is) country of Bulgaria and its tumultuous recent history. In it, we follow Alexandra... More

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23rd May 2017
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