History of Love

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Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2006 and winner of the 2006 Prix du Meilleur Livre …tranger, 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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At least as heartbreaking as it is hilarious.

Brilliant. An achievement of extraordinary depth and beauty.

The novel s achievement is precisely, and not negligibly, this: to have made a new fiction alternately delightful and hilarious and deeply affecting.

Moving and virtuosic.

Luminous prose. . . . Krauss is a masterful storyteller . . . a writer of astonishing breadth.

Ingenious.

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

The novel 's achievement is precisely, and not negligibly, this: to have made a new fiction alternately delightful and hilarious and deeply affecting.

Vertiginously exciting.

Krauss writers like an angel.

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

Krauss writes like an angel.

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

Nicole Krauss's Leo Gursky is all voice--frisky, aching, jittery, stunning, heart-rending, irresistible. There's nothing like his voice, nor will there ever be. A cross between I.B. Singer and Woody Allen, Kafka and Leopold Bloom, [it] doesn't just work its way into the pantheon of American voices: it literally walks straight up to them and asks them to move over--or else it will haunt their living days and nights. And it does just that. --Andre Aciman

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

Vertiginously exciting.... Beyond the vigorous whiplash that keeps ?The History of Love ?moving (and keeps its reader off balance until a stunning finale), this novel is tightly packed with ingenious asides.... Even at their most oddball, these flourishes reflect the deep, surprising wisdom that gives this novel its ultimate heft. --Janet Maslin"

The novel's achievement is precisely this: to have made a new fiction alternately delightful and hilarious and deeply affecting. --Claire Messud"

At least as heartbreaking as it is hilarious. "

Krauss writes like an angel. "

Nicole Krauss's Leo Gursky is all voice frisky, aching, jittery, stunning, heart-rending, irresistible. There's nothing like his voice, nor will there ever be. A cross between I.B. Singer and Woody Allen, Kafka and Leopold Bloom, [it] doesn't just work its way into the pantheon of American voices: it literally walks straight up to them and asks them to move over or else it will haunt their living days and nights. And it does just that. --Andre Aciman"

Krauss writes like an angel.

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.

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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