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Agamemnon's Daughter

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ISMAIL KADARE was born in 1936 in Gjirokaster, in the south of Albania. His first novel, The Gene... Read More

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ISMAIL KADARE was born in 1936 in Gjirokaster, in the south of Albania. His first novel, The General of the Dead Army, established him as a respected writer, and translations of his novels have since been published in more than forty countries. In 2005 he won the inaugural Man Booker International Prize.

DAVID BELLOS, a Professor of French and Comparative Literature, has translated five of Kadare's novels and was awarded the Translator's Man Booker International Prize in 2005.

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.

A searing story of love denied, then shattered under the chilling wheels of the state.

Now published in Britain for the first time, Agamemnon's Daughter was written in Albania in the 1980s and smuggled into France a few pages at a time. This spellbinding tale of a thwarted lover's odyssey through a single day reveals a world where fear is an instrument of power, but the individual survives despite the odds.

"The words of Ismail Kadare bloom on the pages of his new book, his dexterous plots and confident narratives standing unassailable." San Francisco Chronicle

"A magnificent achievement." Los Angeles Times

"Kadare's political courage made him a hero; his sense of irony and his powerful command of narrative are what make him a writer, the George Orwell of an Iron Curtain nightmare that is gone but not forgotten." Boston Globe

Translated by David Bellos

Sacrificed to further a father's blood-soaked career; sacrificed for the common good; sacrificed, then forgotten.Kadare brilliantly recreates the atmosphere of shadowy fear, rumours and recrimination in Albania . . . a mesmerically readable parable about the abuse of state powerSuffused with the power of thought and feeling . . . Above all, Kadare creates a haunting sense of the absurdDream and reality melt together, as in Kafka, making it difficult to identify where the nightmares really begin

Product Details

Title: Agamemnon's Daughter
Author: Ismail KadareDavid Bellos
SKU: BK0293681
EAN: 9781841959788

About Author

Born in 1936, 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, Director of the Program in Translation at Princeton University, is also the translator of Georges Perec's Life A User's Manual and a winner of the Goncourt Prize for biography. He has translated seven of Ismail Kadare's novels, and in 2005 was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for his translations of Kadare's work.

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