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The Doll - A Portrait of My Mother (Paperback): Ismail Kadare The Doll - A Portrait of My Mother (Paperback)
Ismail Kadare; Translated by John Hodgson
R357 R294 Discovery Miles 2 940 Save R63 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Doll (Paperback): Ismail Kadare The Doll (Paperback)
Ismail Kadare; Translated by John Hodgson
R215 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R43 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

From the winner of the first ever Man Booker International Prize: 'a novelist of dazzling mastery' (Independent) about a mother as naive and fragile as a paper doll. At the centre of young Ismail's world is the unknowable figure of his mother. Delicate as a paper doll, she is an unlikely presence in her husband's great stone house, with its hidden rooms and infamous dungeon, and is constantly at odds with her wise and thin-lipped mother-in-law. But despite her lightness and unchanging youthful nature, she is not without her own enigmas. Most of all, she fears that her intellectual son - who uses words she doesn't understand, publishes radical poetry, falls in love freely and seems to be renouncing everything she embodies of the old world - will have to exchange her for a superior mother when he becomes a famous writer. Dedicated to the memory of his mother and circling back to his childhood in Albania, The Doll is Ismail Kadare's delicate and disarming tale of home and creative longing, of writerly aspiration, and of personal and political freedom. '[A] fascinating study of a difficult love' John Burnside 'Mesmerising' Financial Times

The Traitor's Niche (Paperback): Ismail Kadare The Traitor's Niche (Paperback)
Ismail Kadare; Translated by John Hodgson
R371 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R62 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Traitor's Niche (Hardcover): Ismail Kadare The Traitor's Niche (Hardcover)
Ismail Kadare; Translated by John Hodgson
R533 R435 Discovery Miles 4 350 Save R98 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

LONG-LISTED FOR THE 2017 MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE "Kadare is inevitably linked to Orwell and Kundera, but he is a far deeper ironist than the first, and a better storyteller than the second. He is a compellingly ironic storyteller because he so brilliantly summons details that explode with symbolic reality." --The New Yorker "The name of the Albanian novelist Ismail Kadare regularly comes up at Nobel Prize time, and he is still a good bet to win it one of these days . . . He is seemingly incapable of writing a book that fails to be interesting." --The New York Times At the heart of the Ottoman Empire, in the main square of Constantinople, a niche is carved into ancient stone. Here, the sultan displays the severed heads of his adversaries. People flock to see the latest head and gossip about the state of the empire: the province of Albania is demanding independence again, and the niche awaits a new trophy . . . Tundj Hata, the imperial courier, is charged with transporting heads to the capital--a task he relishes and performs with fervor. As he travels through obscure and impoverished territories, he makes money from illicit side-shows, offering villagers the spectacle of death. The head of the rebellious Albanian governor would fetch a very high price indeed. The Traitor's Niche is a surreal tale of tyranny and rebellion, in a land where armies carry scarecrows, state officials ban entire languages, and the act of forgetting is more complicated than remembering.

A Girl in Exile - Requiem for Linda B. (Paperback): Ismail Kadare A Girl in Exile - Requiem for Linda B. (Paperback)
Ismail Kadare; Translated by John Hodgson
R357 R294 Discovery Miles 2 940 Save R63 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Chronicle in Stone (Paperback): Ismail Kadare Chronicle in Stone (Paperback)
Ismail Kadare; Translated by Arshi Pipa; Introduction by David Bellos
R414 R345 Discovery Miles 3 450 Save R69 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.

Chronicle In Stone (Paperback, Main - Canons): Ismail Kadare Chronicle In Stone (Paperback, Main - Canons)
Ismail Kadare; Translated by David Bellos, Arshi Pipa; Edited by David Bellos; Afterword by David Bellos; Introduction by … 1
R265 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R46 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In a seamless mosaic of dreams and games, a young boy reflects on events as his hometown in Albania falls to a series of invaders. Amid floods and bombings, his own innocence and wonder are lost forever in the madness and brutality of the Second World War. A disturbing mix of tragedy and comedy, politics and sexuality, Chronicle in Stone is a fascinating masterpiece about what it means to grow up in a turbulent world.

The Siege (Paperback, Main - Canons): Ismail Kadare The Siege (Paperback, Main - Canons)
Ismail Kadare; Translated by David Bellos; Afterword by David Bellos 1
R263 R217 Discovery Miles 2 170 Save R46 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

It is the fifteenth century and war looms. The people of Albania have refused to negotiate with the Ottoman Empire and they know their fate is sealed. As they take refuge in a fortress in the mountains, the army arrives and prepares to lay siege to the Christian citadel.

Twilight of the Eastern Gods (Paperback, Main): Ismail Kadare Twilight of the Eastern Gods (Paperback, Main)
Ismail Kadare; Translated by David Bellos; Introduction by David Bellos 1
R258 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R46 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

1958. In a dorm room in Moscow, a young writer is woken by the sound of angry voices on the radio. Through the fog of a hangover he hears the news that a novel called Doctor Zhivago has earned its author the Nobel Prize. There is uproar. The author, Boris Pasternak, faces exile, the press hound him and demand that he refuse the award. A few days earlier the young writer found a copy of this book - could those simple pages really be so dangerous? Based on Ismail Kadare's own experience, Twilight of the Eastern Gods is a portrait of a city, a story of youthful disenchantment and a reminder of the incredible importance of the written word.

The Fall of the Stone City (Paperback, Main): Ismail Kadare The Fall of the Stone City (Paperback, Main)
Ismail Kadare; Translated by John Hodgson 1
R298 R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Save R88 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2013. In September 1943, Nazi troops advance on the ancient gates of Gjirokaster, Albania. The very next day, the Germans vanish without a trace. As the townsfolk wonder if they might have dreamt the events of the previous night, rumours circulate of a childhood friendship between a local dignitary and the invading Nazi Colonel, a reunion in the town square and a fateful dinner party that would transform twentieth-century Europe. A captivating novel of resistance in a dictatorship, and steeped in Albanian folklore, The Fall of the Stone City shows Kadare at the height of his powers.

The Accident (Paperback, Main): Ismail Kadare The Accident (Paperback, Main)
Ismail Kadare; Translated by John Hodgson 1
R261 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R45 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The new book from the winner of the inaugural International Man Booker Prize is a modern-day love story of powerful obsession set against the background of dark political intrigue.
On the autobahn in Vienna a taxi leaves the carriageway and strikes the crash barrier, flinging its male and female passengers out of its back doors as it spins through the air. The driver cannot explain why he lost control; he only says that the mysterious couple in the back seat seemed to be about to kiss . . .
Set against the tumultuous backdrop of war and its aftermath in the Balkans, The Accident intimately documents an affair between two people caught in each other's webs. The investigation into their deaths uncovers a mutually destructive obsession that mirrors the conflicts of the region. A destabilizing mixture of vivid hallucination and cold reality, Ismail Kadare's new novel is a bold and fascinating departure.

Agamemnon's Daughter (Paperback, Main): Ismail Kadare Agamemnon's Daughter (Paperback, Main)
Ismail Kadare; Translated by David Bellos 1
R259 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R46 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In his compelling prequel to The Successor, Kadare draws us into a land deprived of choice, a country under a reign of terror. The spellbinding Agamemnon's Daughter was written in Albania in the 1980s and smuggled into France a few pages at a time. It reveals a world where fear is an instrument of power, but the individual survives despite the odds. From the winner of the first Man Booker International Prize comes a searing story of love denied, then shattered under the chilling wheels of the state. Through the impeccably crafted, incisive tale of a thwarted lover's odyssey through a single day, we are given a true sense of how hard it can be to remain human in a world ruled by fear and suspicion.

The Successor (Paperback, Main): Ismail Kadare The Successor (Paperback, Main)
Ismail Kadare; Translated by David Bellos
R258 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R46 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

The Palace of Dreams (Paperback): Ismail Kadare The Palace of Dreams (Paperback)
Ismail Kadare
R323 R305 Discovery Miles 3 050 Save R18 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The mysterious palace of dreams stands at the heart of a vast empire. Inside, workers sift, sort, and interpret the dreams the empire's citizens. They search out Master-Dreams that will provide clues to the destiny of the empire and its Sultan. Mark-Alem, scion of a noble family that has provided viziers to the Sultan from time immemorial, and whose power the Sultan distrusts, is recruited into the palace of Creams at the humblest level. He immediately feels the terrible pressure that drives his coworkers, the dread of overlooking a crucial dream whose capture and interpretation might avert political disaster. But he rapidly rises through the hierarchy--only barely finding his bearings in one section of the Palace's labyrinthine passages that represent the entire empire's consciousness laid bare before he is promoted to another. And the pressure only increases as he becomes familiar with the fates of subversive dreamers and personally responsible for the sort of dreams that might ruin an entire family. A family like his own. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction--novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

The Pyramid (Paperback, Not for Online): Ismail Kadare The Pyramid (Paperback, Not for Online)
Ismail Kadare; Translated by David Bellos
R323 R305 Discovery Miles 3 050 Save R18 (6%) Out of stock

Egypt in the twenty-sixth century BC. The young pharaoh Cheops wants to forgo the construction of a pyramid in his honor, but his court sages hasten to persuade him otherwise. The pyramid, they tell him, is not a tomb but a paradox, designed to appease the masses by oppressing them. It is a symbol of nothing, a useless and infinite project designed to waste the country's wealth and keep security and prosperity, ever the fonts of sedition, constantly at bay. And so the greatest pyramid in the world has ever seen begins to rise.
Rumors multiply. A secret police is formed. Conspiracies--real and imagined--swirl around the rising edifice. The most drastic purges follow. By the time the first stone is laid, Cheops's subjects are terrified enough to yield to his most murderous whims. Each time one of the massive stones is hoisted into place, dozens of men are crushed, and there are tens of thousands of stones. . . .

Elegy for Kosovo (Paperback): Ismail Kadare Elegy for Kosovo (Paperback)
Ismail Kadare
R315 R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Save R18 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

June 28, 1389: Six hundred years before Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic called for the repression of the Albanian majority in Kosovo, there took place, on the Field of the Blackbirds, a battle shrouded in legend. A coalition of Serbs, Albanian Catholics, Bosnians, and Romanians confronted and were defeated by the invading Ottoman army of the Sultan Murad. This battle established the Muslim foothold in Europe and became the centerpiece of Serbian nationalist ideology, justifying the campaign of ethnic cleansing of Albanian Kosovars that the world witnessed with horror at the end of the past century.

In this eloquent and timely reflection on war, memory, and the destiny of two peoples, Ismail Kadare explores in fiction the legend and the consequences of that defeat." Elegy for Kosovo "is a heartfelt yet clear-eyed lament for a land riven by hatreds as old as the Homeric epics and as young as the latest news broadcast.

A Girl in Exile (Paperback): Ismail Kadare A Girl in Exile (Paperback)
Ismail Kadare; Translated by John Hodgson 1
R234 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R30 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When a girl is found dead with a signed copy of Rudian Stefa's latest book in her possession, the author finds himself summoned for an interview by the Party Committee. Unable to guess what transgression he has committed Rudian goes fearfully to meet his interrogators. He has never met the girl in question but he remembers signing the book. As the influence of a paranoid regime steals up on him, Rudian finds himself swept along on a surreal quest to discover what really happened to the mysterious girl to whom he wrote the dedication - to Linda B.

General Of The Dead Army (Paperback): Ismail Kadare General Of The Dead Army (Paperback)
Ismail Kadare; Introduction by David Smiley; Translated by Derek Coltman
R240 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R48 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This sweeping epic of post-war Albania was Kadare's first novel.
Twenty years after the end of the Second World War, an Italian general is dispatched to Albania to recover his country's dead. Once there he meets a German general who is engaged upon an identical mission and their conversations bring out into the open the extent of their horror and guilt, newly exacerbated by their present task. As they descend from the callous trivialities of their gruesome business, past and present, to suffering self-disgust, the author gives us glimpses of the lives of the people whose graves they are unearthing.

The Ghost Rider (Paperback, Main): Ismail Kadare The Ghost Rider (Paperback, Main)
Ismail Kadare; Translated by Jon Rothschild, David Bellos; Introduction by David Bellos 1
R258 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R45 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A classic medieval mystery from the winner of the inaugural Man Booker International Prize, a writer in the class of Atwood, Coetzee, Marquez, and Rushdie An old woman is awoken in the dead of night by knocks at her front door. The woman opens it to find her daughter, Doruntine, standing there alone in the darkness. She has been brought home from a distant land by a mysterious rider she claims is her brother Konstandin. But unbeknownst to her, Konstandin has been dead for years. What follows is chain of events which plunges a medieval village into fear and mistrust. Who is the ghost rider?

The Pyramid (Paperback): Ismail Kadare The Pyramid (Paperback)
Ismail Kadare; Translated by David Bellos
R229 R199 Discovery Miles 1 990 Save R30 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When the new Egyptian Pharaoh decrees that he does not want a pyramid built in his honour his advisers are aghast. It is their firm belief that peace and prosperity only make the people more difficult to control - they must be kept under the whip. So the Pharaoh agrees to the construction of a pyramid colossal beyond imagining, an edifice that crushes dozens of people as each block is added and which inexorably drains the lifeblood from the country. As Egypt builds its monument to death, its neighbours plot and gloat...

The Siege of Shkodra - Albania's Courageous Stand Against Ottoman Conquest, 1478 (Paperback): David Hosaflook The Siege of Shkodra - Albania's Courageous Stand Against Ottoman Conquest, 1478 (Paperback)
David Hosaflook; Foreword by Ismail Kadare; Preface by David Abulafia
R530 Discovery Miles 5 300 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Siege (Paperback): Ismail Kadare The Siege (Paperback)
Ismail Kadare; Translated by David Bellos
R337 R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Save R54 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From Ismail Kadare, winner of the inaugural Man Booker International Prize - a novelist in the class of Coetzee, Pamuk, Marquez, and Rushdie - the stunning new translation of one of his major works.
In the early fifteenth century, as winter falls away, the people of Albania know that their fate is sealed. They have refused to negotiate with the Ottoman Empire, and war is now inevitable. Soon enough, dust kicked up by Turkish horses is spotted from a citadel. Brightly coloured banners, hastily constructed minarets, and tens of thousands of men fill the plain below. From this moment on, the world is waiting to hear that the fortress has fallen.
The Siege tells the enthralling story of the weeks and months that follow - of the exhilaration and despair of the battlefield, the constantly shifting strategies of war, and those whose lives are held in the balance, from the Pasha himself to the artillerymen, astrologer, blind poet, and harem of women who accompany him.
"Believe me," the general said. "I've taken part in many sieges but this," he waved towards the castle walls, "is where the most fearful carnage of our times will take place. And you surely know as well as I do that great massacres always give birth to great books. You really do have an opportunity to write a thundering chronicle redolent with pitch and blood, and it will be utterly different from the graceful whines composed at the fireside by squealers who never went to war."
Brilliantly vivid, as insightful as it is compelling, The Siege is an unforgettable account of the clash of two great civilisations, and a portrait of war that will resonate across the centuries.

"From the Hardcover edition."

The Palace Of Dreams (Paperback): Ismail Kadare The Palace Of Dreams (Paperback)
Ismail Kadare; Translated by Barbara Bray
R232 R202 Discovery Miles 2 020 Save R30 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Translated by Barbara Bray from the French version of the Albanian by Jusuf Vrioni At the heart of the Sultan's vast empire stands the mysterious Palace of Dreams. Inside, the dreams of every citizen are collected, sorted and interpreted in order to identify the 'master-dreams' that will provide the clues to the Empire's destiny and that of its Monarch. An entire nation's consciousness is thus meticulously laid bare and at the mercy of its government... The Palace of Dreams is Kadare's macabre vision of tyranny and oppression, and was banned upon publication in Albania in 1981.

El Nicho De La Verguenza (Spanish, Paperback): Ismail Kadare El Nicho De La Verguenza (Spanish, Paperback)
Ismail Kadare
R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Concert (Paperback): Ismail Kadare The Concert (Paperback)
Ismail Kadare
R268 R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Save R33 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

It's the 1970s and cracks are starting to appear in the alliance between China and its Communist cohort Albania. When an Albanian steps on the foot of a Chinese diplomat the tension cranks up - couriers between Tirana and Beijing carry annotated x-rays of the foot back and forth. The Chinese intend to punish their interfering little ally discreetly. But is the Sino-Albanian axis about to come adrift? This is Kadare's surreal black comedy about the inner sanctums of political power and the mysterious causal chains that transform ordinary lives.

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