Bookslut | The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
"At the end of each of these tales, the young listener realises that Dracula himself is listening to the story. Then I Elizabeth Kostova's love affair with Eastern Europe led her to resurrect Dracula and put him back in history. . In The Historian, Kostova neatly switches genders to mirror her own relationship. Elizabeth Kostova, who came to fame with her bestseller The Historian, finds herself having a mix-up with baggage and ending up with cremains. . with the power relationships between the historian and the material. The Historian is the debut novel of American author Elizabeth Kostova. The plot blends The evils brought about by religious conflict are a particular theme, and the novel explores the relationship between the Christian West and the .. There is swelling orchestral music at the beginning and end of each chapter.The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (Book Review)
This book is beyond good, it is beyond anything I have read in ages. All hail Elizabeth Kostova, she has made Dracula truly terrifying, and more importantly, historically significant, yet again.
There have always been two different ways to approach the Dracula legend: Yes Virginia, there really was a Dracula. But the legend, particularly the literary legend, long ago eclipsed the history. Few people know that Dracula was a warrior, that he led successful fights against Ottoman invasions, that he was religious, or that he served as both a hero and ferocious enemy of his own people.
Kostova makes the comparison to Josef Stalin, which is entirely appropriate. The legend has always been more appealing and as the vampire cult has grown over the years and pervaded pretty much all aspects of popular culture Buffy, anyone?
No one stays awake in those classes. She knows he was dangerous because he was real, because a man once committed the acts that are credited to a monster. This is something that often eludes people. What is bad must always have been monstrous and not like us; never like us.
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Dracula as soldier or even a child hostage? How could that be? The Historian is a mystery, a thriller, a romance.
It is first and foremost a story of a father and daughter who each becomes embroiled in the Dracula legend. It is also though the story of a missing man, a forgotten love, and another daughter who wants the truth.
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The typeface of the note was so fine that I almost missed it. Looking more closely, I realized it was a commentary on the word impaled.
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Vlad Tepes, it claimed, had learned this form of torture from the Ottomans. Impalement of the sort he practiced involved the penetration of the body with a sharpened wooden stake, usually through the anus or genitals upward, so that the stake sometimes emerged through the mouth and sometimes through the head. I tried for a minute not to see these words; then I tried for several minutes to forget them, with the book shut. The thing that most haunted me that day, however, as I closed my notebook and put my coat on to go home, was not my ghostly image of Dracula, or the description of impalement, but the fact that these things had — apparently — actually occurred.
For all his attention to my historical education, my father had neglected to tell me this: I understand now, decades later, that he could never have told me.
Only history itself can convince you of such a truth. I shall conclude my account as rapidly as possible, since you must draw from it vital information if we are both to — ah, to survive, at least, and to survive in a state of goodness and mercy. There is survival and survival, the historian learns to his grief. Visiting an American university — not mine — several years after this, I was introduced to one of the first of the great American historians of Nazi Germany.