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From the Albanian writer who has been short-listed for the Nobel Prize comes a hypnotic narrative of ancient Egypt, a work that is at once a historical novel and an exploration of the horror of untrammeled state power. It is 2600 BC. The Pharaoh Cheops is inclined to forgo the construction of a pyramid in his honor, but his court sages hasten to persuade him otherwise. The pyramid, they tell him, is not a tomb but a paradox: it keeps the Egyptian people content by oppressing them utterly. The pyramid is the pillar that holds power aloft. If it wavers, everything collapses.
And so the greatest pyramid ever begins to rise. It is a monument that crushes dozens of men with the placing of each of its tens of thousands of stones. It is the subject of real and imaginary conspiracies that necessitate ruthless purges and fantastic tortures. It is a monster that will consume all Egypt before it swallows the body of Cheops himself. As told by Ismail Kadare, The Pyramid is a tour de force of Kafkaesque paranoia and Orwellian political prophecy.
"A haunting meditation on the matter-of-fact brutality of political despotism." - The New York Times Book Review
"Kadare's prose glimmers with the magic realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez." - Los Angeles Times Book Review
"One of the most compelling novelists now writing in any language." - Wall Street Journal
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
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Book Description Harvill Press, 1998. Paperback. Condition: Good. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0009204292
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Book Description The Harvill Press, London, England, 1996. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket as Issued. British First. First Impression stated on verso of title page; a bit of edge wear to card covers; otherwise a solid, clean copy with no marking or underlining; collectible condition. Seller Inventory # 012179
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Book Description Harvill, London, 1996. 1st English ed.. Paperback trade, very good condition, minor edgewear, corner tips covers & pages creased. 119 pp. (Translated from Albanian into French, then into English.) A transparent parable of life under a Communist dictatorship in Albania, told with the same quiet, sardonic humour and keen eye for the pertinent detail that characterised his previous novels: The Palace of Dreams, and The Concert. Seller Inventory # 22907
Book Description Harvill, London, 1996 First U.k. Edition. Hardback. Dust Jacket., 1996. 8vo. pp 128. Original publisher's deep red cloth, lettered gilt at the spine. ISBN: 1860461247 Fine in fine dust jacket. No inscriptions, not price-clipped. Seller Inventory # C18429