Elizabeth Kostova Book Lunch
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2 Course Lunch includes a glass of wine on arrival. Finish times are a guide. Bookings are required. Members $40 Guests $45. Book available for purchase on the day.
Alexandra Boyd has travelled to Bulgaria hoping to salve the wounds left by the loss of her brother. But a luggage mix-up soon after she arrives finds her holding an urn filled with human ashes. Soon she will realise that this object is tied to the very darkest moments in the nation’s history, and that the stakes behind seeing it safely returned are higher than she could ever have imagined.
At its heart, The Shadow Land addresses itself to some of our most profound questions: is it possible to find hope and meaning in the wake of terrible suffering? What is the artist’s role in the face of violence and brutality? And how does the pull of the past, and the stories we tell about it, transform our lives?
Elizabeth Kostova’s fascination with Bulgaria began when she travelled there just after college, on the week the Berlin Wall came down. While there, she met the man who became her husband but admits she lost her heart to this ‘beautiful, battered, and haunted country.’ After more than twenty visits, her passion for the place and its history has founds its expression in The Shadow Land.