• A vivid, macabre and wise novel

    New York Times
  • His ability to spin eerie parables out of a little-known national history makes his books an addictive pleasure

    Jonathan Romney, Independent on Sunday
  • A compelling investigation into language and myth, politics and power, by the renowned, infinitely talented Albanian novelist

  • [Kadare] is seemingly incapable of writing a book that fails to be interesting

    New York Times
  • In Ismail Kadare's fictional worlds creation and destruction are entwined, and how he illuminates the human cost of their varied pairings is the source of his greatness as a writer

    Chicago Tribune

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