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The History of Love Paperback – May 17, 2006

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“Vertiginously exciting…Beyond the vigorous whiplash that keeps The History of Love moving (and keeps its reader off balance until a stunning finale), this novel is tightly packed with ingenious asides…Even at their most oddball, these flourishes reflect the deep, surprising wisdom that gives this novel its ultimate heft.”
- Janet Maslin, New York Times

“At least as heartbreaking as it is hilarious.”
- Washington Post

“Krauss writes like an angel.”
- Guardian

“One of the most passionate vindications of the written word in recent fiction. It takes one’s breath away.”
- Spectator

“It’s the sort of book that makes life bearable after all.”
- Miami Herald

“A significant novel, genuinely one of the year’s best. Emotionally wrenching yet intellectually rigorous, idea-driven but with indelible characters and true suspense.”
- New York

“Big, bold, twist-your-heart sad, kick-your-heels joyful―Nicole Krauss's brilliant novel is as deep and multifaceted as love itself.”
- Marie Claire

“It restores your faith in fiction. It restores all sorts of faith.”
- Ali Smith

“Nicole Krauss's gripping new voice doesn't work its way into the pantheon of American voices: it literally walks straight up to them and asks them to move over.”
- Andre Aciman

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ONE OF THE MOST LOVED NOVELS OF THE DECADE

A long-lost book reappears, mysteriously connecting an old man searching for his son, and a girl seeking a cure for her widowed mother's loneliness.

Leo Gursky taps his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he’s still alive. But it wasn't always like this: in the Polish village of his youth, he fell in love and wrote a book… Sixty years later and half a world away, fourteen-year-old Alma, who was named after a character in that book, undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family. With virtuosic skill, and soaring imaginative power, Nicole Krauss gradually draws these stories together toward a climax of “extraordinary depth and beauty.”

“Vertiginously exciting.” —New York Times

“At least as heartbreaking as it is hilarious.” —Washington Post

“Krauss writers like an angel.” —Guardian

“One of the most passionate vindications of the written word in recent fiction. It takes one’s breath away.” —Spectator

“It restores your faith in fiction. It restores all sorts of faith” —Ali Smith

“It’s the sort of book that makes life bearable after all.” —Miami Herald


Nicole Krauss has been hailed by the New York Times as “one of America’s most important novelists.” She is the author of the international bestseller Great House, a finalist for the National Book Award, and Man Walks Into a Room. Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages.

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