The bulk of The Historian details Paul and Helen's journeys as they negotiate the treacherous ins and outs of the Cold War and the Iron Curtain, beginning their quest in Istanbul before slipping into Hungary and then Bulgaria. They follow their sinuous route from faint clue to fainter clue as they hunt for the resting place of a madman; a madman who still maintains an evil semblance of life five hundred years from his birth. They do this because somehow they know that this is where they will find the missing Rossi.
Kostova weaves the long tale of their quest with a careful eye to history and geography, dipping not only into the medieval history of this region but into more modern history; both pre-WWII Romania and Cold War Hungary. Unlike the hit-and-run technique practiced by Brown in Da Vinci Code - generally as a means for creating his "puzzling" moments - Kostova's historical lessons are carefully integrated into the text.Read more ›
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