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    DescriptionIn 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 balance, from the Pasha himself to the technicians, artillerymen, astrologer, blind poet and harem of women that accompany him. Brilliantly vivid, as insightful as it is compelling, The Siege is an unforgettable account of the clash of two great civilisations. As a portrait of war, it resonates across the centuries and confirms Ismail Kadare as one of our most significant writers.


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    Title
    The Siege
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ismail Kadare, Translated by David Bellos
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 243 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781847671226
    ISBN 10: 1847671225
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: ADV
    BIC subject category V2: FV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.7
    BIC subject category V2: FJM
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC032000
    DC22: 891.9913
    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000
    Thema V1.0: FV, FJM
    Edition statement
    Main ed
    Publisher
    Canongate Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Canongate Books Ltd
    Publication date
    05 March 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Edinburgh
    Author Information
    ISMAIL KADARE was born in 1936 in Gjirokaster, in the south of Albania. He studied in Tirana and Moscow, returning to Albania in 1960 after the country broke ties with the Soviet Union. Translations of his novels have since been published in more than forty countries, and in 2005 he became the first winner of the Man Booker International Prize. 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.
    Review quote
    * The Siege is a compelling tale of the savagery and uncertainty of war, and a brilliant historical novel by one of the world's greatest living writers Simon Sebag Montefiore * A rallying cry to people besieged by the forces of tyranny. -- Alice Fordham The Times * One of the most important voices in literature today. -- Alan Chadwick Metro * A tale steeped in blood, a snapshot of a centuries-long conflict, but at the same time Kadare's realism and lively sense of irony give it a modern twist. -- Adam Lively Sunday Times * The urgent gestures towards something that's not quite said somehow make the story linger in the mind long after the regime in which The Siege was written went the way of the empire it dreams back to life. -- Christopher Taylor Guardian * His fiction offers invaluable insights into life under tyranny - his historical allegories point both to the grand themes and small details that make up life in a restrictive environment. He is a great writer, by any nation's standards. -- Ben Naparstek Financial Times * Powerfully atmospheric. -- Jane Jakeman TLS * One of the great writers of our time. Scotsman * A master storyteller John Carey * Ismail Kadare is one of Europe's most consistently interesting and powerful contemporary novelists, a writer whose stark, memorable prose imprints itself on the reader's consciousness. Los Angeles Times * There are very few writers alive today with the depth, power and resonance of this remarkable novelist, regularly cited as a Nobel Prize contender ... On no account must this be missed. Herald * "Homeric" wouldn't be too exalted a term for this work. Writing with deceptive simplicity, Kadare builds up a world of flesh and blood characters almost without the reader noticing. ... Kadare was already a master of his craft nearly 40 years ago. -- Alistair Mabbot Herald * Gravid, quasi-classical prose...invigorated by ironic observations. -- Alfred Hickling Guardian * A story that is both stirring at a human level and steeped in historical symbolism ... A vast and varied cast is expertly marshalled by a writer who is increasingly enjoying a worldwide reputation. -- Sally Cousins Sunday Telegraph * The Siege is more relevant and powerful than ever ... Kadare's early novel is stunning. The full panoply of the Ottoman's multi-ethnic empire is vividly rendered. -- Heather McRobie Daily Telgraph Mystery and suspense fuel a classic parable of power and its pitfalls. Independent