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People of the Book - A Novel

Geraldine Brooks

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Edwina Wren

Length:

13h 55m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:07


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:14


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:55


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:08


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:41


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:22


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:04


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:04


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:15


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:41


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:46


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:58


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:26


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:08


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:34


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:35


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:02


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:06


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:44


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:51


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:57


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:41


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:28


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:24


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:24


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:38


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:14


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:56


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:02


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:20


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:48


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:27


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:27


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:39


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:59


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:18


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:33


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:17


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:42


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:24


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:46


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:32


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:22


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:32


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:48


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:07


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:39


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:10


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:57


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:36


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:39


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:48


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:32


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:17


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:49


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:02


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:48


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:04


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:50


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:43


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:13


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:21


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:20


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:39


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:14


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:32


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:14


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:18


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:32


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:55


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:54


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:23


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:32


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:08


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:32


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:11


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:57


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:37


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:30


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

02:27


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:16


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:05


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:57


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:50


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:21


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:32


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:32


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:22


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:54


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:55


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:15


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:27


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:47


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:47


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:27


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:35


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:40


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:04


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:20


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:33


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:19


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:05


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:25


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:30


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:30


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:12


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:59


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:58


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:09


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:58


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:26


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:07


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:29


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:09


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:34


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:26


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:06


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:51


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:32


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:17


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:42


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:25


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:21


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:16


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:16


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

06:12


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:24


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

06:22


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

05:39


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

06:26


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:57


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:39


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:12


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:09


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

05:08


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:52


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:46


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:29


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:59


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:30


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

05:09


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

04:08


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:38


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

05:00


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:35


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:33


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

04:54


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:59


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

05:30


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

05:19


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

05:40


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

05:39


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

05:14


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

05:33


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

05:04


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

03:05