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PEOPLE OF THE BOOK: A NOVEL - Scarce Autographed Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Geraldine Brooks

Brooks, Geraldine

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ISBN 10: 067001821X / ISBN 13: 9780670018215
Published by New York City, NY: Viking Press, 2008
Condition: As New Hardcover
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1st Printing. Signed. 372 pages. Published in 2008. The author's third novel. One of the most important literary events of our time. Geraldine Brooks' first novel since her stunning Pulitzer Prize upset win. Advance Signed Copy. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. "Autographed Copy" sticker pasted on the cover. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Geraldine Brooks' "People of The Book". Her "follow-up" novel to "March" (2006). The story is heaven-sent for all readers, and especially for rare book collectors/lovers. Brooks shows through one legendary book, the "Sarajevo Haggadah", how much books have meant to all civilizations, ancient and modern, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim, East and West alike. "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 discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding, 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. 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" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Geraldine Brooks collectors. This Autographed Copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Geraldine Brooks. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, even though it comes from the publisher. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2006 for "March". One of the finest writers of our time. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER GERALDINE BROOKS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 067001821X. Bookseller Inventory # 12954

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Title: PEOPLE OF THE BOOK: A NOVEL - Scarce ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Viking Press, 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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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.

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Amazon Best of the Month, January 2008: One of the earliest Jewish religious volumes to be illuminated with images, the Sarajevo Haggadah survived centuries of purges and wars thanks to people of all faiths who risked their lives to safeguard it. Geraldine Brooks, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March, has turned the intriguing but sparely detailed history of this precious volume into an emotionally rich, thrilling fictionalization that retraces its turbulent journey. In the hands of Hanna Heath, an impassioned rare-book expert restoring the manuscript in 1996 Sarajevo, it yields clues to its guardians and whereabouts: an insect wing, a wine stain, salt crystals, and a white hair. While readers experience crucial moments in the book's history through a series of fascinating, fleshed-out short stories, Hanna pursues its secrets scientifically, and finds that some interests will still risk everything in the name of protecting this treasure. A complex love story, thrilling mystery, vivid history lesson, and celebration of the enduring power of ideas, People of the Book will surely be hailed as one of the best of 2008. --Mari Malcolm

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