Our new book is People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks. It is a novel that blends the long history of the Sarajevo Haggadah with modern day politics and the emotions of people involved with preserving it. For our first meeting we will talk about the real Sarajevo Haggadah and discuss only the first section of the book.
We will not meet on June 16, and will continue meeting weekly on June 23.
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.
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