Elizabeth Kostova: in conversation
Elizabeth Kostova’s new novel The Shadow Land delves into the horrors of a century and traverses the culture and landscape of this mysterious country, exploring the power of stories and the hope and meaning in the aftermath of loss.
Date: Saturday 26th August 2017
Venue: Library Theatre, National Library of Australia
Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75
About the author
Elizabeth Kostova is the internationally bestselling author of The Historian, which sold over three million copies, and The Swan Thieves. Her third novel, The Shadow Land, is out now with Text Publishing. She lives in the US.
About the book
Alexandra Boyd has travelled to Bulgaria hoping to salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother. But a luggage mix-up soon after she arrives finds her holding an urn filled with human ashes.
As Alexandra sets out to return the precious item to its owners she finds ever more obstacles in her path, even as her determination grows greater—and the mystery behind the significance of the urn deepens.
Soon she will realise that this object is tied to the very darkest moments in the nation’s history, and that the stakes behind seeing it safely returned are higher than she could ever have imagined.
Kostova’s new novel is a tale of immense scope that delves into the horrors of a century and traverses the culture and landscape of this mysterious country. Suspenseful and beautifully written, it explores the power of stories and the hope and meaning that can sometimes be found in the aftermath of loss.
The Shadow Land is published by Text Publishing.
Buy this book from the festival's bookshop partner Dymocks.
Elizabeth Kostova takes us on another European adventure in 'The Shadow Land', The Washington Post, April 2017.
Beyond The Historian: On Writing and Bulgaria With Elizabeth Kostova, Signature, April 2017.
Elizabeth Kostova: At home in Asheville, exploring Bulgaria, Citizen-Times, April, 2017.
Atmospheric and Mysterious: Elizabeth Kostova's latest novel 'The Shadow Land', Better Reading, May 2017.
Review: The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova, Readings, March 2017.