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In a Balkan country mending from years of conflict, Natalia, a young doctor, arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea. By the time she and her lifelong friend Zóra begin to inoculate the children there, she feels age-old superstitions and secrets gathering everywhere around her. Secrets her outwardly cheerful hosts have chosen not to tell her. Secrets involving the strange family digging for something in the surrounding vineyards. Secrets hidden in the landscape itself.

But Natalia is also confronting a private, hurtful mystery of her own: the inexplicable circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death. After telling her grandmother he was on his way to meet Natalia, he instead set off for a ramshackle settlement none of their family had ever heard of and died there alone. A famed physician, her grandfather must have known that he was too ill to travel. Why he left home becomes a riddle Natalia is compelled to unravel.

Grief struck and searching for clues to her grandfather’s final state of mind, she turns to the stories he told her when she was a child. On their weekly trips to the zoo he would read to her from a worn copy of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, which he carried with him everywhere; later, he told her stories of his own encounters over many years with “the deathless man,” a vagabond who claimed to be immortal and appeared never to age. But the most extraordinary story of all is the one her grandfather never told her, the one Natalia must discover for herself. One winter during the Second World War, his childhood village was snowbound, cut off even from the encroaching German invaders but haunted by another, fierce presence: a tiger who comes ever closer under cover of darkness. “These stories,” Natalia comes to understand, “run like secret rivers through all the other stories” of her grandfather’s life. And it is ultimately within these rich, luminous narratives that she will find the answer she is looking for.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A novel of surpassing beauty, exquisitely wrought and magical. Téa Obreht is a towering new talent.”

    T. C. Boyle

  • “Deftly walks the line between the realistic and the fantastical…In Obreht’s expert hands, the novel’s mythology, while rooted in a foreign world, comes to seem somehow familiar, like the dark fairy tales of our own youth, the kind that spooked us into reading them again and again…Reveals oddly comforting truths about death, belief in the impossible, and the art of letting go.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “An original and wonderful novel…It makes for a thrilling beginning to what will certainly be a great literary career.”


  • “Obreht is talented far beyond her years, and her unsentimental faith in language, dream, and memory is a pleasure.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Highly recommended for anyone seriously interested in contemporary fiction.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2011 Publishers Weekly Top 100 Book for Fiction
  • Selected for the March 2011 Indie Next List
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2011 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year
  • A 2011 Economist Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2011 Slate Magazine Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2011 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year for Fiction
  • A 2011 Entertainment Weekly Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2011 Christian Science Monitor Book of the Year for Fiction
  • A 2011 Kansas City Star Top 100 Book for Fiction
  • A 2011 Library Journal Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2011 Barnes & Noble Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2011 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2012 Indies Choice Award for Adult Debut
  • Winner of the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction
  • A 2011 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction
  • A 2011 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Aprocuniar | 5/23/2011

    " This was too allegorical for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Francine | 5/23/2011

    " I loved the allusions to this nameless war in this nameless country. I loved the magic of the tales interspersed with the real horrors, superstitions, and violence. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Helene | 5/21/2011

    " Audio version; found it confusing. Just wanted to finish! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cathy | 5/20/2011

    " Three stars for the Deathless Man; otherwise, a promise unfulfilled. "

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