History of Love

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Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2006 and winner of the 2006 Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, The History of Love explores the lasting power of the written word and the lasting power of love. Published as a Penguin Essential for the first time.

'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

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Charming, tender, and wholly original.--J. M. Coetzee, author of Elizabeth Costello

Confirms the depth and breadth of her talent.

A work of art, not one false note or wrong beat. She reminds me of Gogol and Fellini. --Andre Aciman, author of False Papers

A stirring, soulful novel that speaks to our own losses and loves....will break your heart and at once mend it. --Ken Kalfus, author of The Commissariat of Enlightenment

A book to be read slowly both to savor the luminous prose and to stave off reaching the last page. --Myla Goldberg, author of The Bee Season

Emotionally wrenching yet intellectually rigorous, idea-driven but with indelible characters and true suspense. --Boris Kachka, New York Magazine

Charming, tender, and wholly original. --J. M. Coetzee, author of Elizabeth Costello

The writing is gorgeous, and Krauss's questing characters follow surprising and touching paths. --Andrea Barrett, author of Ship Fever and Voyage of the Narwhal

Nicole Krauss is proof positive that great literature is being written today. --Elizabeth Berg, author of The Art of Mending

Vertiginously exciting.

At least as heartbreaking as it is hilarious.

Krauss writers like an angel.

It 's the sort of book that makes life bearable after all.

A significant novel, genuinely one of the year 's best. Emotionally wrenching yet intellectually rigorous, idea-driven but with indelible characters and true suspense.

Moving and virtuosic.

Vertiginously exciting. "

At least as heartbreaking as it is hilarious. "

Krauss writers like an angel. "

Moving and virtuosic. "

It restores your faith in fiction. It restores all sorts of faith.--Ali Smith

It s the sort of book that makes life bearable after all."

A significant novel, genuinely one of the year s best. Emotionally wrenching yet intellectually rigorous, idea-driven but with indelible characters and true suspense."

One of the most passionate vindications of the written word in recent fiction. It takes one's breath away.

It's the sort of book that makes life bearable after all.

A significant novel, genuinely one of the year's best. Emotionally wrenching yet intellectually rigorous, idea-driven but with indelible characters and true suspense.

From the Publisher:

Described by JM Coetzee as ‘charming, tender and wholly original’, an extract from The History of Love appeared in the New Yorker earlier this year. Nicole Krauss is one of the most exciting writers to have emerged from America in recent years and The History of Love is truly unforgettable: wonderfully funny, vivid and heartbreaking in equal measure.

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