People of the Book by Geraldine BrooksFrom 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.
The Book of Miracles: Rare Medieval Illustrations of Magical Thinking
The Architectural Imagination. Vivid analyses of exemplary buildings from a wide range of historical contexts, coupled with hands-on exercises in drawing and modeling, bring you close to the work of an actual architect or historian. Architecture is one of the most complexly negotiated and globally recognized cultural practices, both as an academic subject and a professional career. Inside Las Pozas, Edward James' Surrealist Garden in the Mexican Jungle Edward James, one of the most eccentric and interesting twentieth-century collectors of surrealist art, arrived in Xilitla, Mexico at the end of the 's. The British writer was captivated by the splendor of the landscape of "Las Pozas" The Wells , where he created a fantastic home, which includes a unique sculptural space unlike any other in the world.
As we have said before, the world is a magnificently strange place, and curious minds have taken note of the particularly strange seemingly super-natural as long as there have been ways to record them, from mysterious lights illuminating the skies to the sun occasionally going out, to difficult to explain things found closer to home: cases of bioluminescence, fossils found on mountaintops, and mirages at sea and in the desert… or, say, that one time when fish rained from the sky. Several books over the centuries were dedicated to attempts to explain these phenomena, including the gorgeously illustrated Ausberg Book of Miraculous Signs, a one of a kind manuscript created c. Der Wunder-reiche Uberzug unserer Nider-Welt by Erasmus Francisci, was illustrated with fantastic illustrations of mirages and rains of assorted beasts, including, apparently, rats.
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