Author(s): Elizabeth Kostova
In her family's library, a young woman discovers an ancient book, a cache of old letters to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and her father's expertise on Vlad the Impaler-on whom the Dracula legend is based. In this way she begins to unravel a thread that leads deep into the past, and a hidden evil. "Saturated in authentic history and eerie intrigue... a thriller in more ways than one." -salon.com.
Shortlisted for British Book Awards: Newcomer of the Year 2006.
The Historian is a marvelous book that draws the reader into an infectious vortex of mystery and discovery. It is beautifully written and full of real and believable characters, but what most impresses me is the way Elizabeth Kostova has taken an old and worn genre and made it entirely fresh and undeniably her own. This is great fiction. - David Liss
Elizabeth Kostova graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress.