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The Sarajevo Haggadah is an illuminated Hebrew manuscript that originated in Spain around 1350. Brooks offers a fictional account of the history of this ancient volume, tracking its journey from the 14th century to its appearance at the National Museum in Sarajevo. An Australian expert in ancient manuscripts, Hannah Heath, is the central character. She tries to uncover the mysteries of wine stains, a cat’s hair, an insect wing and other evidence left on its pages, but the book’s story can be known only in the imagination. The novel brings alive the history of Jews, Christians and Muslims in this region.


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