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: 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.

Review: 'Brilliantly recreates the atmosphere of shadowy fear, rumours and recrimination in Albania.' -- Observer

'One of the most compelling novelists now writing.' -- Wall Street Journal

'Suffused with the power of thought and feeling. Above all, Kadare creates a haunting sense of the absurd.' -- Sunday Times

'There is certainly nothing run-of-the-mill about Kadare's biting parable of tyranny.' -- Australian Financial Review

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Publisher: New York City, NY: Arcade Publishing

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