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The intricate historical tracking of legendary vampire Dracula—and his real-life inspiration, Vlad the Impaler—makes Kostova’sdebut novel an intellectual rollercoaster that spans years, decades, and finally, centuries. She fearlessly conjures up letters, memoirs, dossiers and archival materials in libraries from Istanbul to Oxford, and sets in motion a couple of love stories along the way. No wonder The Historian took ten years to write (but was translated into over thirty languages)!