From the book jacket
Late one night, exploring her father's
library, a young woman finds an ancient book
and a cache of yellowing letters. The
letters are all addressed to "My dear and
," and they plunge
her into a world she never dreamed of a
labyrinth where the secrets of her father's
past and her mother's mysterious fate
connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in
the depths of history.
The letters provide links to one of the
darkest powers that humanity has ever known
and to a centuries-long quest to find the
source of that darkness and wipe it out. It
is a quest for the truth about Vlad the
Impaler, the medieval ruler whose barbarous...
Beyond the Book
Elizabeth Kostova (née Johnson) was born
in New London, Connecticut in 1964, and now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
She graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan where
she won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress. The Historian
took her ten years to write, and
was inspired by the vampire
stories told to her by her
father, a professor of urban
planning, during the year they
spent in Ljubljana, capital of
Slovenia (where her father
taught at the university) when
she was seven, and as they
traveled through Europe.
She says, "I wondered whether this would make a good structure for...