In The Historian and The Swan Thieves, Elizabeth Kostova combined suspense with romance, history with up-to-the-minute storytelling, in a style that impressed critics and won her many fans.
Caroline Baum talks with her about this compelling new novel, set in Bulgaria, where the shadow of corrupt power threatens the hopes, happiness and the very existence of a dazzling cast of characters.
What does Bulgaria mean to Kostova? What does her novel tell us about the abuse of power, and the importance of history?
And what about romance? Dogs? The supernatural? Architecture? Music? It’s a packed novel and this will surely be a brilliant conversation with one of most imaginative novelists writing today.