Agamemnon's Daughter

Agamemnon's Daughter

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 226 pages
  • 138 x 205 x 20mm | 270g
  • Canongate Books Ltd
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Signed - Limited edition
  • 184767223X
  • 9781847672230
  • 788,229

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Suffused with the power of thought and feeling . . . Above all, Kadare creates a haunting sense of the absurd * * Sunday Times * * Kadare brilliantly recreates the atmosphere of shadowy fear, rumours and recrimination in Albania . . . a mesmerically readable parable about the abuse of state power * * Observer * * Dream and reality melt together, as in Kafka, making it difficult to identify where the nightmares really begin. * * Times * *
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About Ismail Kadare

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.
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372 ratings
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5 23% (87)
4 31% (114)
3 34% (127)
2 10% (38)
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