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The Shadow Land: A Novel Hardcover – April 11, 2017
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Advance praise for The Shadow Land
“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
“In this brilliant work, what appears at first a minor mystery quickly becomes emblematic of a whole country’s hidden history. Lyrical and compelling, The Shadow Land proves a profound meditation on how evil is inflicted, endured, and, through courage and compassion, defeated. Elizabeth Kostova’s third novel clearly establishes her as one of America’s finest writers.”—Ron Rash, author of The Risen
“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
“Transporting . . . draws us into Bulgarian history and character revelation like an elegant, mysterious labyrinth. Page-turning, evocative, and richly imagined.”—Dominic Smith, author of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
Praise for Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian
“Quite extraordinary . . . Kostova is a natural storyteller. . . . She has refashioned the vampire myth into a compelling contemporary novel, a late-night page-turner.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Hypnotic . . . a thrill ride through history.”—The Denver Post
“Part thriller, part history, part romance . . . Kostova has a keen sense of storytelling and she has a marvelous story to tell.”—Baltimore Sun
“Kostova’s vampire is no campy Lugosi knockoff. . . . Blending history and myth, Kostova has fashioned a version so fresh that when a stake is finally driven through a heart, it inspires the tragic shock of something happening for the very first time.”—Newsweek
Praise for The Swan Thieves
“Exquisite.”—The Boston Globe
“Engrossing.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
“Stunning . . . A beautifully written tale of art, love and an obsession triggered by both.”—Associated Press
About the Author
Elizabeth Kostova is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Swan Thieves and The Historian. She graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award for Novel-in-Progress. She is also co-founder of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation for Creative Writing in Bulgaria.
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So with crossed fingers, I started reading – and found myself really enjoying it! It opened in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2008 with newly arrived Alexandra Boyd. When her airport taxi takes her to the wrong hotel, it sets into motion the entire plot after a chance encounter with an older trio and ends up with a surprising friendship with a new, young taxi driver. Alexandra’s backstory, as well as the details and history of Bulgaria come out in wonderfully written detail and with references that really made me smile.
As Alexandra’s adventure continues, it only becomes more engaging and downright fascinating. The different perspectives work well here – and the historical detail is sure to shock those who are unfamiliar with this country’s history. The methods used in the communist government may surprise some readers who have never seen that part of the world first-hand. There’s also a dog, and the whole book I think will speak to anyone who has ever traveled alone to an unknown place –or had an unexpected adventure. The book really is well-written – and is certainly her best! It makes me want to travel, that’s for sure! The overall plot may not be unexpected, but it is a lot of fun getting there, and is just beautifully written – I really enjoyed it!
If you like description in painstaking detail of non-essential elements: color of a flower, luggage, facial expressions, etc. you may love this book.
Little plot, little character development.
Had potential but too ponderous.