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The Shadow Land

Elizabeth Kostova

From the #1 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. 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, an

From the #1 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. 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, an
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From the #1 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. 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, an

Language:

English

Narrators:

Barrie Kreinik, Fred Berman, Barbara Caruso, George Guidall

Length:

18h 38m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

01:21


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

13:12


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

04:26


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

10:14


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

06:22


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

10:49


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

07:53


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

09:02


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

05:42


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

05:25


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

12:37


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

06:40


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

18:07


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

13:26


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

12:11


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

11:44


Part 1, Chapter 16
Part 1, Chapter 16

14:00


Part 1, Chapter 17
Part 1, Chapter 17

09:26


Part 1, Chapter 18
Part 1, Chapter 18

25:30


Part 1, Chapter 19
Part 1, Chapter 19

15:26


Part 1, Chapter 20
Part 1, Chapter 20

14:28


Part 1, Chapter 21
Part 1, Chapter 21

21:32


Part 1, Chapter 22
Part 1, Chapter 22

21:39


Part 1, Chapter 23
Part 1, Chapter 23

17:21


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

25:01


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

24:00


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

23:04


Part 2, Chapter 27
Part 2, Chapter 27

26:10


Part 2, Chapter 28
Part 2, Chapter 28

12:05


Part 2, Chapter 29
Part 2, Chapter 29

30:39


Part 2, Chapter 30
Part 2, Chapter 30

18:26


Part 2, Chapter 31
Part 2, Chapter 31

13:58


Part 2, Chapter 32
Part 2, Chapter 32

27:13


Part 2, Chapter 33
Part 2, Chapter 33

20:14


Part 2, Chapter 34
Part 2, Chapter 34

25:03


Part 2, Chapter 35
Part 2, Chapter 35

13:39


Part 2, Chapter 36
Part 2, Chapter 36

13:38


Part 2, Chapter 37
Part 2, Chapter 37

30:27


Part 2, Chapter 38
Part 2, Chapter 38

14:46


Part 2, Chapter 39
Part 2, Chapter 39

17:28


Part 2, Chapter 40
Part 2, Chapter 40

05:00


Part 3, Chapter 41
Part 3, Chapter 41

36:12


Part 3, Chapter 42
Part 3, Chapter 42

12:47


Part 3, Chapter 43
Part 3, Chapter 43

17:25


Part 3, Chapter 44
Part 3, Chapter 44

14:08


Part 3, Chapter 45
Part 3, Chapter 45

17:13


Part 3, Chapter 46
Part 3, Chapter 46

15:56


Part 3, Chapter 47
Part 3, Chapter 47

11:00


Part 3, Chapter 48
Part 3, Chapter 48

07:00


Part 3, Chapter 49
Part 3, Chapter 49

12:03


Part 3, Chapter 50
Part 3, Chapter 50

22:24


Part 3, Chapter 51
Part 3, Chapter 51

09:28


Part 3, Chapter 52
Part 3, Chapter 52

11:38


Part 3, Chapter 53
Part 3, Chapter 53

09:06


Part 3, Chapter 54
Part 3, Chapter 54

17:59


Part 3, Chapter 55
Part 3, Chapter 55

02:17


Part 3, Chapter 56
Part 3, Chapter 56

12:35


Part 3, Chapter 57
Part 3, Chapter 57

16:20


Part 3, Chapter 58
Part 3, Chapter 58

12:56


Part 3, Chapter 59
Part 3, Chapter 59

10:45


Part 3, Chapter 60
Part 3, Chapter 60

14:43


Part 3, Chapter 61
Part 3, Chapter 61

04:09


Part 3, Chapter 62
Part 3, Chapter 62

12:19


Part 3, Chapter 63
Part 3, Chapter 63

07:15


Part 3, Chapter 64
Part 3, Chapter 64

00:56


Part 3, Chapter 65
Part 3, Chapter 65

00:18


Part 3, Chapter 66
Part 3, Chapter 66

08:26


Part 3, Chapter 67
Part 3, Chapter 67

10:42


Part 3, Chapter 68
Part 3, Chapter 68

09:40


Part 3, Chapter 69
Part 3, Chapter 69

00:32


Part 3, Chapter 70
Part 3, Chapter 70

03:11


Part 3, Chapter 71
Part 3, Chapter 71

04:56


Part 3, Chapter 72
Part 3, Chapter 72

08:45


Part 3, Chapter 73
Part 3, Chapter 73

05:17


Part 3, Chapter 74
Part 3, Chapter 74

10:32


Part 3, Chapter 75
Part 3, Chapter 75

08:29


Part 3, Chapter 76
Part 3, Chapter 76

07:52


Part 3, Chapter 77
Part 3, Chapter 77

36:59


Part 3, Chapter 78
Part 3, Chapter 78

05:49


Part 3, Chapter 79
Part 3, Chapter 79

21:16


Part 3, Chapter 80
Part 3, Chapter 80

05:34


Part 3, Chapter 81
Part 3, Chapter 81

05:53


Part 3, Chapter 82
Part 3, Chapter 82

10:13


Part 3, Chapter 83
Part 3, Chapter 83

11:05


Part 3, Chapter 84
Part 3, Chapter 84

04:15


Part 3, Chapter 85
Part 3, Chapter 85

00:29