Title: THE GENERAL OF THE DEAD ARMY - Scarce Fine ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: New Amsterdam Books, 1991
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 252 pages. Published in 1991. The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the most sensational literary debuts 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 by a small press. The First Edition Thus is now scarce. Presents Ismail Kadare's "The General of The Dead Army" in a felicitous English translation. His prodigious first novel. The ironic title refers to the protagonist, a general who must retrieve the remains of dead (Italian) soldiers in a foreign land, Albania. Kadare's depiction of both inner and outer landscapes is so vivid that you cannot help but think of Homer's "The Odyssey", as many critics do, a Classical epic with a Modern twist. The General has a deep motivation for fulfilling his mission: He believes he will be hailed as a hero in his country. But he soon realizes his mission is more complicated than it seemed at first. He finds himself in the middle of a strange country surrounded by people he does not understand. Through foreign eyes, the young Kadare shows his native Albania with exquisite virtuosity and sublime irony. "Advances wryly and dryly into the darkness. He doesn't do messages; he brings them to lethal life" (The New York Times). 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 Edition Thus/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 subsequent editions or have serious flaws. 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 1561310077. Bookseller Inventory # 18207
Synopsis: This is the story of an Italian general, accompanied by his chaplain, charged with the mission of scouring Albania in search of the bones of their fallen countrymen, killed twenty years earlier during World War II.
Review: The General of the Dead Army, Ismail Kadare's meditation on the consequences of war, is a hugely moving account of duty and loss. It is 20 years since the end of World War II and an Italian army general is sent to Albania to search again for the bodies of those who lost their lives in the campaign. He is armed with maps, lists, measurements, and dental and other records. He tours the countryside organizing digs and disinterments and, as he tries to find the dead sons of forgotten families, he wonders at the sense, and scale, of his task. He talks and argues with the curt Italian priest who is accompanying him. He finds his footsteps followed, sometimes anticipated, by a fellow general who is also looking for bodies--the bodies of his German countrymen. He struggles with the Albanian countryside, weather, laborers who work for him, and peasants who watch their work. And he fights the despair that grows as the size, scope, and, ultimately, the hopelessness of his task becomes ever more apparent.
Kadare's plaintive novel is a consistently heartfelt lament to all those who have died and been affected by war, but it is also a beautiful work displaying the skills that make him one of the great modern European writers. --Mark Thwaite, Amazon.co.uk
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