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The Blood Countess: A Novel

Codrescu, Andrei

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ISBN 10: 0684802449 / ISBN 13: 9780684802442
Published by U.S.A.: Simon & Schuster, 1995
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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347 pg. Sewn binding. Paper over boards. An accurate telling in the form of the historical novel of Countess Bathory of Hungary in the 16th century who was a murderess, among other things. First Edition. First printing. Signed by Codrescu on title page. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1476622520527

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Title: The Blood Countess: A Novel

Publisher: U.S.A.: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A portrait of Hungarian countess Elizabeth Bathory follows her real-life sixteenth-century reign of torture and murder


A folk belief that on bitter cold nights the stars come down to mate with wolves. An adolescent boy, sexually aroused by an "iron maiden" torture device. The smell of paprika and boiled chicken served with Tokay wine. These and other vivid images of Hungary in the 16th century, and Hungary today, swirl together amid scenes of luxury and barbarity and talk of Martin Luther's Christianity and post-Communist ideals in this gloriously gruesome novel inspired by the life of Countess Elizabeth Bathory. They say she killed 650 virgin girls in order to rejuvenate herself with their blood.

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