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Kadare, Ismail (Translated by John Hodgson)

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1st Printing. 263 pages. Published in 2010. The author's most recent novel to be translated into English. One of the most important literary events of our time. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Ismail Kadare's "Aksidenti" in a felicitous English translation. "A dizzying psychological thriller of twisted passions, dual identities, and political subterfuge. Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the war in the Balkans, 'The Accident' closely documents an affair between two young lovers. An alluring mixture of vivid hallucination and cold reality, a fever dream of a novel that marks a bold and fascinating departure from Kadare's previous work" (Publisher's blurb). "Kadare is inevitably linked to Orwell and Kundera, but he is a far deeper ironist than the first and a better storyteller than the second. He is a compellingly ironic storyteller because he so brilliantly summons details that explode with symbolic reality. Kadare is deeply interested in misreading yet his prose has a Classical clarity so that much of his power as a storyteller has to do with his ability to provide an extraordinarily lucid analysis of incomprehensibility" (The New Yorker Magazine). Before its collapse, Albania was the reclusive Communist state of the West, Europe's North Korea, that is, totalitarianism at its most absurd, barbaric, and paranoid. Ismail Kadare has made it his Borgesian mission to write her history through literature that has universal significance. An absolute "must-have" title for Ismail Kadare collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of very few copies of the First British Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Most copies available online are of the American Edition and remainder-marked. A scarce copy thus. Regarded by eminent scholars and critics as one of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ISMAIL KADARE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1847673392. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: On the autobahn in Vienna a taxi leaves the carriageway and strikes the crash barrier, flinging its male and female passengers out of its back doors as it spins through the air. The driver cannot explain why he lost control; he only says that the mysterious couple in the back seat seemed to be about to kiss ...Set against the tumultuous backdrop of war and its aftermath in the Balkans, The Accident intimately documents an affair between two people caught in each other's webs. The investigation into their deaths uncovers a mutually destructive obsession that mirrors the conflicts of the region. A destabilising mixture of vivid hallucination and cold reality, Ismail Kadare's new novel is a bold and fascinating departure.

About the Author: Born in 1936, ISMAIL KADARE is Albania's best-known poet and novelist. Translations of his novels have appeared in more than forty countries. In 2005 he was awarded the first Man Booker International Prize for 'a body of work written by an author who has had a truly global impact.' He is the recipient of the highly prestigious 2009 Principe de Asturias de las Letras in Spain.

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