The Siege

The Siege

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In the battle for faith, is it liberation, or invasion? The Ottoman Army - the most powerful the world had known by that time - lays siege to a Christian fortress in the mountains of Albania. Above the colourful host looms the great dark wall of the citadel that has to be overcome. Told partly through the personal narrative of one of the defenders, partly through the eyes of the Ottoman chronicler Mevla Celebi, Ismail Kadare's The Siege is a gripping narrative of a bloody, complex struggle that ends in defeat and desolation for both sides. Its story of blood, gore and boiling pitch provides Ismail Kadare with another vehicle for his long meditation on human relations, human folly, the ambiguities of power and the meaning of history. The thoughts and sufferings of his fifteenth-century warriors are barely distinguishable from those that afflict us in the modern world.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 338 pages
  • 154 x 233 x 25mm | 446g
  • Text Publishing Co
  • The Text Publishing Company
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 1921351632
  • 9781921351631

About Ismail Kadare

Ismail Kadare is Albania's best-known novelist and poet. Translations of his novels have appeared in more than forty countries. He was awarded the inaugural Man Booker International Prize in 2005, and the Jerusalem Prize in 2015.show more