THE SUCCESSOR - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing

Kadare, Ismail (Translated by David Bellos)

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1st Printing. 207 pages. Published in 2005. The author's seventh novel to be translated into English. One of Ismail Kadare's most iconic 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 Ismail Kadare's "Pasardhesi" in a felicitous English translation. "Expands upon an incident late in his nation's Communist Era. The designated successor to 'The Guide' (dictator Enver Hoxha) is shot to death in his bed one night. Suicide or murder is the question on everyone's mind. In seven chapters laced with the blackest comedy, Kadare plumbs the souls of those most affected: The Successor's Daughter (whose engagement her father had recently squelched), the Minister of the Interior (the nation's ultimate police chief), the Architect (who remodeled the successor's elaborate house and knew of a secret passage to The Guide's nearby home), The Guide, and The Successor himself (as a spirit). Answers are found to the big question, but not solutions. Meanwhile, the heart's ineradicable darkness is exquisitely, painfully re-confirmed" (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 1559707739. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: A POWERFUL POLITICAL NOVEL BASED ON THE SUDDEN, MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF THE MAN WHO HAD BEEN HANDPICKED TO SUCCEED THE HATED ALBANIAN DICTATOR ENVER HOXHA.DID HE COMMIT SUICIDE OR WAS HE MURDERED? THAT IS THE BURNING QUESTION. THE MAN WHO DIED BY HIS OWN HAND, OR ANOTHER+S, WAS MEHMET SHEHU, THE PRESUMED HEIR TO THE AILING DICTATOR, ENVER HOXHA. SO SURE WAS THE WORLD THAT HE WAS NEXT IN LINE, HE WAS KNOWN AS THE SUCCESSOR. AND THEN, SHORTLY BEFORE HE WAS TO ASSUME POWER, HE WAS FOUND DEAD.THE SUCCESSOR IS SIMULTANEOUSLY A MYSTERY NOVEL, AN HISTORICAL NOVEL-BASED ON ACTUAL EVENTS AND BUTTRESSED BY THE AUTHOR+S PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE SON OF THE REAL-LIFE MEHMET SHEHU-AND A PSYCHOLOGICAL NOVEL (HOW DO YOU LIVE WHEN NOTHING IS SURE?). VINTAGE KADARE, THE SUCCESSOR SEAMLESSLY BLENDS DREAM AND REALITY, LEGENDARY PAST, AND CONTEMPORARY HISTORY.

Product Description: The Designated Successor was found dead in his bedroom at dawn on December 14. Did he kill himself or was he murdered? This question slices through Ismail Kadare's masterful psychological thriller. As the state insists that the future leader died by his own hand, the rest of the world begins to have doubts. As the tension builds and rumours escalate, Kadare draws us into a nightmarish world controlled by rules no one understands, blending dream and reality to produce a mystery and a thriller that seduces and surprises up to the last page.

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Publisher: New York City, NY: Arcade Publishing
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