CHRONICLE IN STONE - Scarce Fine Copy of The Revised And Expanded Edition/First Printing

Kadare, Ismail (Translated by Arshi Pipa)

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1st Printing. 301 pages. Published in 2007. Revised And Expanded Edition of the author's masterpiece. One of the greatest novels of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in this edition. 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. Re-presents Ismail Kadare's "Kronike ne gur" in the definitive English translation. "Masterful in its simplicity, a touching coming-of-age story and a testament to the perseverance of the human spirit. Surrounded by the magic of beautiful women and literature, a boy must endure the deprivations of war as he suffers the hardships of growing up. His sleepy country has just thrown off centuries of tyranny, but new waves of domination inundate his city. Through the boy's eyes, we see the terrors of the Second World War as he witnesses Fascist invasions, allied bombings, partisan infighting, and the many faces of human cruelty as well as the simple pleasures of life" (Publisher's blurb). 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 Revised And Expanded 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 the Softcover Edition. 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 1559708336. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Masterful in its simplicity, Chronicle in Stone is a touching

coming-of-age story and a testament to the perseverance of the human spirit. Surrounded by the magic of beautiful women and literature, a boy must endure the deprivations of war as he suffers the hardships of growing up. His sleepy country has just thrown off centuries of tyranny, but new waves of domination inundate his city. Through the boy's eyes, we see the terrors of World War II as he witnesses fascist invasions, allied bombings, partisan infighting, and the many faces of human cruelty-as well as the simple pleasures of life. Evacuating to the countryside, he expects to find an ideal world full of extraordinary

things, but discovers instead an archaic backwater where a severed arm becomes a talisman and deflowered girls mysteriously vanish. Woven between the chapters of the boy's story are tantalizing fragments of the city's history. As the devastation mounts, the fragments lose coherence, and we perceive firsthand how the violence of war destroys more than just buildings and bridges.

About the Author: 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. David Bellos, a professor of French and Comparative Literature, has translated five of Kadare's novels and was chosen by Kadare to be the winner of the Man Booker International Translator's Award.

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Publisher: New York City, NY: Arcade Publishing
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