By Ismail Kadare
During this spellbinding novel, written in Albania and smuggled into France a number of pages at a time within the Eighties, Ismail Kadare denounces with infrequent strength the equipment of a dictatorial regime, drawing us again to the traditional roots of tyranny in Western Civilization. through the waning years of Communism, a tender employee for the Albanian state-controlled media organisation narrates the tale of his ill-fated love for the daughter of a high-ranking legitimate. while he witness the ghostly picture of Agamemnon-the historic Greek king who sacrificed his personal daughter for purposes of State-on the reviewing stand in the course of a may perhaps Day party, he starts to suspect the entire disaster of his devotion. additionally integrated are "The Blinding Order," a parable of the Ottoman Empire in regards to the makes use of of terror in authoritarian regimes, and "The nice Wall," a chilling duet among a chinese language legitimate and a soldier within the invading military of the Tamerlane.
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The middlebrow or the upper Philistine cannot get rid of the furtive feeling that a book, to be great, must deal in great ideas. Oh, I know the type, the dreary type! He likes a good yarn spiced with social comment; he likes to recognize his own thoughts and throes in those of the author; he wants at least one of the characters to be the author's stooge. If American, he has a dash of Marxist blood, and if British, he is acutely and ridiculously classconscious; he finds it so much easier to write about ideas than about words; he does not realize that perhaps the reason he does not find general ideas in a particular writer is that the particular ideas of that writer have not yet become general.