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  • Published: 1 May 2006
  • ISBN: 9780141019970
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $19.99

The History Of Love

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Leo Gursky is an old man living alone in New York. In Poland sixty years earlier he wrote a book called The History of Love, inspired by his lover Alma. But when they were parted by the war, circumstances ensured they could never be together again and Leo's book was lost. If only he could find it. If only he wasn't so alone.

Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2006 and winner of the 2006 Prix du Meilleur Livre √Čtranger, The History of Love by bestselling author Nicole Krauss explores the lasting power of the written word and the lasting power of love.
'When I was born my mother named me after every girl in a book my father gave her called The History of Love. . . '
Fourteen-year-old Alma Singer is trying to find a cure for her mother's loneliness. Believing she might discover it in an old book her mother is lovingly translating, she sets out in search of its author.
Across New York an old man called Leo Gursky is trying to survive a little bit longer. He spends his days dreaming of the love lost that sixty years ago in Poland inspired him to write a book. And although he doesn't know it yet, that book also survived: crossing oceans and generations, and changing lives. . .
'Wonderfully affecting...brilliant, touching and remarkably poised' Sunday Telegraph
'A tender tribute to human valiance. Who could be unmoved by a cast of characters whose daily battles are etched on out mind in such diamond-cut prose?' Independent on Sunday
'Devastating...one of the most passionate vindications of the written word in recent fiction. It takes one's breath away' Spectator
Nicole Krauss is an American bestselling author who has received international critical acclaim for her first three novels: Great House (shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011), The History of Love and Man Walks into a Room (shortlisted for the LA Times Book Award), all of which are available in Penguin paperback.

  • Published: 1 May 2006
  • ISBN: 9780141019970
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Nicole Krauss

Nicole Krauss was born in New York in 1974. Her first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, also to be published by Penguin, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire and Best American Short Stories. The History of Love has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Nicole Krauss lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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