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Ismail Kadare - Author

About the Author

Ismail Kadare was born in 1936 in Gjirokaster, in the south of Albania. He studied in Tirana and Moscow, returning to Albania in 1960 after the country broke ties with the Soviet Union. Translations of his novels have since been published in more than forty countries, and in 2005 he became the first winner of the Man Booker International Prize.

 

David Bellos, Director of the Program in Translation at Princeton University, is also the translator of Georges Perec's Life A User's Manual and a winner of the Goncourt Prize for biography. He has translated seven of Ismail Kadare's novels, and in 2005 was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for his translations of Kadare's work.

 

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The Doll

The Doll

Author: Ismail Kadare Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/01/2020

From the winner of the first ever Man Booker International Prize: 'a novelist of dazzling mastery' (Independent) '[A] fascinating study of a difficult love' John Burnside At the centre of young Ismail's world is the unknowable figure of his mother. Naive and fragile as a paper doll, she is an unlikely presence in her husband's great stone house, with its hidden rooms and infamous dungeon, and is constantly at odds with her wise and thin-lipped mother-in-law. But despite her lightness and unchanging youthful nature, she is not without her own enigmas. Most of all, she fears that her intellectual son - who uses words she doesn't understand, publishes radical poetry, falls in love freely and seems to be renouncing everything she embodies of the old world - will have to exchange her for a superior mother when he becomes a famous writer. Dedicated to the memory of his mother and circling back to his childhood in Albania, The Doll is Ismail Kadare's delicate and disarming tale of home and creative longing, of writerly aspiration, and of personal and political freedom.

Chronicle In Stone

Chronicle In Stone

Author: Ismail Kadare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/12/2018

In a seamless mosaic of dreams and games, a young boy reflects on events as his hometown in Albania falls to a series of invaders. Amid floods and bombings, his own innocence and wonder are lost forever in the madness and brutality of the Second World War. A disturbing mix of tragedy and comedy, politics and sexuality, Chronicle in Stone is a fascinating masterpiece about what it means to grow up in a turbulent world.

The Siege

The Siege

Author: Ismail Kadare, David Bellos Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/12/2018

It is the fifteenth century and war looms. The people of Albania have refused to negotiate with the Ottoman Empire and they know their fate is sealed. As they take refuge in a fortress in the mountains, the army arrives and prepares to lay siege to the Christian citadel.

Essays On World Literature Shakespeare, Aeschylus, Dante

Essays On World Literature Shakespeare, Aeschylus, Dante

Author: Ismail Kadare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2018

Die Pyramide

Die Pyramide

Author: Ismail Kadare Format: eBook Release Date: 25/01/2018

Ein ewiges steinernes Ratsel, so liegen die Pyramiden in der Wuste. Ismail Kadares "e;agyptischer Roman"e; nimmt die Errichtung der sagenumwobenen Cheops-Pyramide zum Gegenstand einer vielsagenden politischen Parabel, aus der die Erfahrung totalitarer Herrschaft spricht. Als der junge Pharao Cheops verkundet, keine Pyramide errichten lassen zu wollen, erfasst die Berater des Herrschers groe Unruhe: Ein Agypten ohne Pyramiden ist unvorstellbar. Ein altes Papyrus gibt Aufschluss uber ihren Ursprung. Stets ging ihrer Errichtung eine Staatskrise voraus. Nur eine Sache von solch grandioser Uberflussigkeit wie die Pyramiden vermag es, jene aufruhrerischen Krafte zu binden, die aus Uberfluss und Wohlleben entstehen. Nach auen verschaffen sie Ruhm und Anerkennung, im Inneren starken sie die Herrschaft des Pharao. Und so wird auch Cheops seine Pyramide errichten lassen: Ein Monster, das die Agypter unterdruckt, peinigt und auszehrt, bevor es zuletzt den Korper des Pharao verschlingt. So liegen die Pyramiden nun in der Wuste, ein Grab und eine Metapher fur das Scheitern monstroser Utopien und den Verfall groer Weltreiche. Im Spiegel eines langst vergangenen Weltreiches erzahlt Ismail Kadare von der Brutalitat des Despotismus, nicht zuletzt vor dem Hintergrund totalitarer Herrschaft im 20. Jahrhundert.

The Traitor's Niche

The Traitor's Niche

Author: Ismail Kadare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/01/2018

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2017 MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE At the heart of the Ottoman Empire, in the main square of Constantinople, a niche is carved into ancient stone. Here, the sultan displays the severed heads of his adversaries. Tundj Hata, the imperial courier, is charged with transporting heads to the capital - a task he relishes and performs with fervour. But as he travels through obscure and impoverished territories, he makes money from illicit side-shows, offering villagers the spectacle of death. The head of the rebellious Albanian governor would fetch a very high price. A surreal tale of rebellion and tyranny from the master of European literature.

Die Verbannte

Die Verbannte

Author: Ismail Kadare Format: eBook Release Date: 27/07/2017

Ein Spiegelkabinett aus Begierde und Verrat, eine Liebe, die uber den Tod hinausgeht, eine Welt aus Verhoren und mitgeschnittenen Telefonaten - Ismail Kadares Roman "e;Die Verbannte"e; kann keine Figur verlassen, ohne Schuld auf sich zu laden. Auf der Premierenfeier seines neuesten Stucks wird der Autor Rudian Stefa von einer jungen Frau um eine Widmung gebeten. Ihre Freundin konne leider nicht kommen, sei aber eine groe Bewundererin. Der Dramatiker kommt der Bitte nach, kurz darauf treffen sie sich wieder, sie beginnen eine Affare. Einen kurzen, heftigen Streit spater ist es die Ermittlungskommission, die ihn treffen mochte. Nach und nach erkennt Rudian Stefa das politische Ausma seiner Widmung und die tragische Reichweite seiner Affare. Ismail Kadare ist einer der groten europaischen Erzahler unserer Zeit. In seinem Roman zeigt er eindrucksvoll auf, wie autoritare Herrschaft alle zwischenmenschlichen Beziehungen deformiert: tiefgreifend, substantiell, bis uber den Tod hinaus. Liebe und Schuld, Begierde und Verrat gehen so unweigerlich eine grausame Verbindung ein.

A Girl in Exile

A Girl in Exile

Author: Ismail Kadare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/2017

When a girl is found dead with a signed copy of Rudian Stefa's latest book in her possession, the author finds himself summoned for an interview by the Party Committee. Unable to guess what transgression he has committed Rudian goes fearfully to meet his interrogators. He has never met the girl in question but he remembers signing the book. As the influence of a paranoid regime steals up on him, Rudian finds himself swept along on a surreal quest to discover what really happened to the mysterious girl to whom he wrote the dedication - to Linda B.

Die Dammerung der Steppengotter

Die Dammerung der Steppengotter

Author: Ismail Kadare Format: eBook Release Date: 22/09/2016

Ismail Kadare, Albaniens beruhmtester Autor und seit Jahren Anwarter auf den Literatur-Nobelpreis, war Ende der 50er Jahre Student am beruhmten Maxim-Gorki-Literaturinstitut in Moskau. In dieser Zeit wurde er Zeuge der beispiellosen Hetzkampagne in allen Medien gegen Boris Pasternak, der den Nobelpreis nicht entgegennehmen durfte. Illusionslos zeichnet Ismail Kadare ein Bild der Schriftsteller aus allen Teilen des groen Sowjetreichs, denen er im Rahmen seines Studienaufenthaltes am Maxim-Gorki-Institut begegnete. Zu seiner bodenlosen Enttauschung trifft er uberwiegend auf Konformisten, ultraloyale Schmeichler, frustrierte Sozialisten und korrupte Informanten. Die eigenartige Stimmung aus Beklemmung, Misstrauen und gegenseitger Bespitzelung unter den Studenten fangt er in zum Teil surreal anmutenden Szenen ein. Gesteigert wird die klaustrophobische Atmosphare noch durch den Ausbruch einer Epidemie, die zu einer vollstandigen Quarantane fuhrt. Ein Sinnbild der politischen Isolation, in der sich die Sowjetunion nach der Tauwetterperiode unter Chruschtschow befindet, und ein ahnungsvoller Vorgriff auf die Isolation Albaniens nach der Loslosung vom "e;Groen Bruder"e;. "e;Ismail Kadare hat mehr uber das 20. Jahrhundert und seine Dunkelheit zu erzahlen als jeder andere zeitgenossische Autor."e; Daniel Kehlmann

Twilight of the Eastern Gods

Twilight of the Eastern Gods

Author: Ismail Kadare, David Bellos Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2015

1958. In a dorm room in Moscow, a young writer is woken by the sound of angry voices on the radio. Through the fog of a hangover he hears the news that a novel called Doctor Zhivago has earned its author the Nobel Prize. There is uproar. The author, Boris Pasternak, faces exile, the press hound him and demand that he refuse the award. A few days earlier the young writer found a copy of this book - could those simple pages really be so dangerous? Based on Ismail Kadare's own experience, Twilight of the Eastern Gods is a portrait of a city, a story of youthful disenchantment and a reminder of the incredible importance of the written word.

Viata, jocul si moartea lui Lul Mazrek

Viata, jocul si moartea lui Lul Mazrek

Author: Ismail Kadare Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2015

O poveste de dragoste se înfiripa între un soldat si o tânara turista, într un oras de pe litoralul albanez. Numai ca nimic nu este ceea ce pare în acest minunat decor estival. Pe fundalul ruinelor unui teatru antic, regimul comunist monteaza o înscenare grotesca pentru a si tine sub teroare propriul popor, iar protagonistii devin, cu sau fara voia lor, actori.

The Fall of the Stone City

The Fall of the Stone City

Author: Ismail Kadare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2013

Shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2013. In September 1943, Nazi troops advance on the ancient gates of Gjirokaster, Albania. The very next day, the Germans vanish without a trace. As the townsfolk wonder if they might have dreamt the events of the previous night, rumours circulate of a childhood friendship between a local dignitary and the invading Nazi Colonel, a reunion in the town square and a fateful dinner party that would transform twentieth-century Europe. A captivating novel of resistance in a dictatorship, and steeped in Albanian folklore, The Fall of the Stone City shows Kadare at the height of his powers.

The Pyramid

The Pyramid

Author: Ismail Kadare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2013

When the new Egyptian Pharaoh decrees that he does not want a pyramid built in his honour his advisers are aghast. It is their firm belief that peace and prosperity only make the people more difficult to control - they must be kept under the whip. So the Pharaoh agrees to the construction of a pyramid colossal beyond imagining, an edifice that crushes dozens of people as each block is added and which inexorably drains the lifeblood from the country. As Egypt builds its monument to death, its neighbours plot and gloat...

The Three-Arched Bridge

The Three-Arched Bridge

Author: Ismail Kadare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2013

When the construction of a bridge built to link the Balkans to Europe is repeatedly and mysteriously sabotaged, an old ballad starts making the rounds at local taverns. The bards sing of a legend - a woman immured in a castle wall to prevent it from falling. Some say the bridge is being damaged by local ferrymen, others blame the vengeful water spirits. But this is a town where terror and superstition reign and a solution must be reached. So it is decreed: a willing person must be plastered into the bridge...

The Concert

The Concert

Author: Ismail Kadare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2013

It's the 1970s and cracks are starting to appear in the alliance between China and its Communist cohort Albania. When an Albanian steps on the foot of a Chinese diplomat the tension cranks up - couriers between Tirana and Beijing carry annotated x-rays of the foot back and forth. The Chinese intend to punish their interfering little ally discreetly. But is the Sino-Albanian axis about to come adrift? This is Kadare's surreal black comedy about the inner sanctums of political power and the mysterious causal chains that transform ordinary lives.

The Accident

The Accident

Author: Ismail Kadare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2011

Why did the taxi crash on the autobahn in Vienna? Who exactly were Besfort Y and Rovena, the mysterious couple who died after being flung from the back seat? How was Besfort connected to the war in the Balkans? And why was his affair with Rovena clouded in jealousy and mistrust? Who wanted them dead? This is the story of the last forty weeks of their lives - a fever dream where love and obsession collide.

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