The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova
Fiction, Gothic, History, Travel, Mystery, Folklore
The Historian is a gothic tale set in 1970’s Europe. It is a story narrated by the daughter of a historian as she searches for her vanished parents. She journeys around central and eastern Europe, following a path started by historians centuries before, looking for the truth about Vlad Tepes: Dracula. She starts with a mysterious ancient tome and a sheaf of yellowed notes. Adding in both her young sense of bravery, and the stories her father told her, she ventures out into the unknown on her mission.
“As a historian, I have learned that, in fact, not everyone who reaches back into history can survive it. And it is not only reaching back that endangers us; sometimes history itself reaches inexorably forward for us with its shadowy claws.”
If you like European History, mixed with some folklore, this is a truly amazing read. It is an atmospheric tale that draws you in, and gets in your head, in a wonderfully creepy kind of way. This is a vampire story, but not a traditional vampire story. It includes not only well-researched history but also appealing characters. It is mysterious and delightful from start to end.
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