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Elizabeth Kostova

Geburtstag: 26. Dezember 1964

Elizabeth Johnson Kostova ist eine US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin.

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„Manchmal gibt es kaum etwas Schwierigeres, als zu jemandem zu sprechen, der ueber die Macht des Schweigens verfuegt.“ The Swan Thieves

„It was good to walk into a library again; it smelled like home.“ The Historian


„When you handle books all day long, every new one is a friend and a temptation.“ The Historian

„You are a total stranger and you want to take my library book.“ The Historian

„As a historian, I have learned that, in fact, not everyone who reaches back into history can survive it. And it is not only reaching back that endangers us; sometimes history itself reaches inexorably forward for us with its shadowy claws.“ The Historian

„The very worst impulses of humankind can survive generations, centuries, even millennia. And the best of our individual efforts can die with us at the end of a single lifetime.“ The Historian

„Never before had I known the sudden quiver of understanding that travels from word to brain to heart, the way a new language can move, coil, swim into life under the eyes, the almost savage leap of comprehension, the instantaneous, joyful release of meaning, the way the words shed their printed bodies in a flash of heat and light.“ The Historian

„And how could anyone consent to give up the smell of open books, old or new?“ The Swan Thieves


„It's funny; in this era of e-mail and voice mail and all those things that even I did not grow up with, a plain old paper letter takes on amazing intimacy.“ The Swan Thieves

„It touched me to be trusted with something terrible.“ The Historian

„Recently abandoned women can be complicated.“ The Historian

„The thing that most haunted me that day, however... was the fact that these things had - apparently - actually occurred... For all his attention to my historical education, my father had neglected to tell me this: history's terrible moments were real. I understand now, decades later, that he could never have told me. Only history itself can convince you of such a truth. And once you've seen that truth - really seen it - you can't look away.“ The Historian


„There is nothing harder, at moments, than talking to someone who has all the power of silence.“

„Today I will go to wait for her again, because I cannot help it, because my whole being seems now to be bound up in the being of one so different from myself and yet so exquisitely familiar that I can scarely understand what has happened.“ La historiadora

„The problem is simply finding the right person. Ask Plato. Just make sure she finishes your thoughts and you finish hers. That's all you need.“ The Swan Thieves

„I've always been interested in foreign relations. It's my belief that study of history should be our preparation for understanding the present rather than an escape from it.“ The Historian

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