Search Results: "Ismail Kadare"


BOOK REVIEW

THE THREE-ARCHED BRIDGE by Ismail Kadare
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"The Nobel can't come a moment too soon."
A spare and haunting story of how a bridge becomes both a unifying and divisive force, by the great Albanian author (The Pyramid, p. 332; The Concert, 1994, etc.) who has been frequently nominated for the Nobel Prize. Read full book review >

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THE FALL OF THE STONE CITY by Ismail Kadare
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"A harsh but artful study of power, truth and personal integrity."
An ironic, sober critique of the way totalitarianism rewrites history, from an Albanian author who's long been the subject of Nobel whispers. Read full book review >

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THE CONCERT by Ismail Kadare
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 23, 1994

"But this tale of a break between timid Albania and sterile, dominant China offers a compelling view of both nations, nonetheless."
Kadare (The Palace of Dreams, 1993, etc.), an Albanian resident of Paris, offers a chilling portrait of life under Communist rule as he describes crumbling relations between Albania and China in the mid-1970s and the resulting trauma to individual Albanian lives. Read full book review >

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THE FILE ON H. by Ismail Kadare
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Kadare's is a voice unlike any other in contemporary fiction, and this is one of his most unusual and attractive books."
Part political parable, part comic roundelay, this engaging 1981 novel shows a comparatively lighter side of the great Albanian author whose previous English-translated works include The Three-Arched Bridge (1997) and The Pyramid (1996). Read full book review >

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THE PYRAMID by Ismail Kadare
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"A below-par performance by a world-class writer."
The seventh novel to have appeared in English from the Albanian author (of, most notably, Chronicle in Stone, 1987, and The Concert, 1994) who is frequently mentioned as a leading candidate for the Nobel Prize. Read full book review >

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THE PALACE OF DREAMS by Ismail Kadare
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 1993

"Brooding, mysterious in its dreamlike states and logic: a memorable portrait of a man powerless before the caprices of Fate and its handmaiden, the State."
Albania-born, Paris-based Kadarâ (Broken April, 1990, etc.) returns with a nightmarish tale from the dark side of totalitarianism (a book first published in 1981 in Albania and ``immediately banned''): a young man finds employment in a mammoth state-run institution for dream analysis, only to see the job become his life as he rises through the ranks. Read full book review >

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ELEGY FOR KOSOVO by Ismail Kadare
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"As such, it's a revealing addition to such acclaimed novels as Chronicle in Stone and The Three-Arched Bridge, and one of Kadare's most eloquent books."
Albania's Kadare is probably the premier writer of fiction to have emerged from the Balkan countries since Bosnian Nobel-winning novelist Ivo Andric. Read full book review >

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THE ACCIDENT by Ismail Kadare
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Minor work from a major writer."
An ill-fated love affair symbolizes the chaos of contemporary Balkan politics in the latest novel from the acclaimed Albanian author (The Ghost Rider, 2010, etc.) who was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for Literature in 2005. Read full book review >

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AGAMEMNON’S DAUGHTER by Ismail Kadare
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2006

"'Agamemnon's Daughter' is negligible. But Kadare is a great writer, and 'The Blinding Order' in particular is not to be missed."
A miscellany showcasing earlier work by the Albanian author (Elegy for Kosovo, 2000, etc.) and recipient of the first Man Booker International Prize. Read full book review >

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THE SIEGE by Ismail Kadare
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"It's an original approach to an old story many times retold; a song sung in an eloquently expressive voice, both agelessly familiar and refreshingly new."
In his classic study The Singer of Tales (1960), eminent scholar Albert Lord demonstrated strong links between the twin Homeric epics the Iliad and the Odyssey and the tradition of oral storytelling continued even into the 20th century in numerous European and Asian cultures, notably those of the Balkan countries. Read full book review >

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THE SUCCESSOR by Ismail Kadare
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Echoes of Kafka, Koestler, Camus and Orwell, in a master novelist's blackest and most bracing report yet from Communist Cloud-Cuckoo-Land."
Recent Balkan history is reshaped with mordant wit in this wry 2003 parable—the 11th novel in English translation from the renowned Albanian author (The Pyramid, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >