Title: AGAMEMNON'S DAUGHTER: A NOVELLA AND STORIES ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Arcade Publishing, 2006
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 226 pages. Published in 2006. Retrospective collection of short pieces. One of Ismail Kadare's finest achievements. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. 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 three of Ismail Kadare's short works in a felicitous English translation: "Agamemnon's Daughter", "The Blinding Order", and "The Great Wall". "Realizes the theme of fear as an instrument of power with consummate art" (Booklist). 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 contemporary classic. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. 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 1559707887. Bookseller Inventory # 18240
Synopsis: In this spellbinding novel, written in Albania and smuggled into France a few pages at a time in the 1980s, Ismail Kadare denounces with rare force the machinery of a dictatorial regime, drawing us back to the ancient roots of tyranny in Western Civilization. During the waning years of Communism, a young worker for the Albanian state-controlled media agency narrates the story of his ill-fated love for the daughter of a high-ranking official. When he witness the ghostly image of Agamemnon-the Ancient Greek king who sacrificed his own daughter for reasons of State-on the reviewing stand during a May Day celebration, he begins to suspect the full catastrophe of his devotion. Also included are "The Blinding Order," a parable of the Ottoman Empire about the uses of terror in authoritarian regimes, and "The Great Wall," a chilling duet between a Chinese official and a soldier in the invading army of the Tamerlane.
About the Author: Ismail Kadare is acclaimed worldwide as one of the most important writers of our time. He lives in Paris and Tirana.
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