The Traitor's Niche
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The Traitor's Niche

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LONGLISTED FOR THE 2017 MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE. At the heart of the Ottoman Empire, in the main square of Constantinople, a niche is carved into ancient stone. Here, the sultan displays the severed heads of his adversaries. People flock to see the latest head and gossip about the state of the empire: the province of Albania is demanding independence again, and the niche awaits a new trophy...Tundj Hata, the imperial courier, is charged with transporting heads to the capital - a task he relishes and performs with fervour. But as he travels through obscure and impoverished territories, he makes money from illicit side-shows, offering villagers the spectacle of death. The head of the rebellious Albanian governor would fetch a very high price. The Traitor's Niche is a surreal tale of rebellion and tyranny, in a land where armies carry scarecrows, state officials ban entire languages, and the act of forgetting is more complicated than remembering.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 144 x 222 x 23mm | 346g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • HARVILL SECKER
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 184655845X
  • 9781846558450
  • 71,938

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"The narrative unfurls with the shifting intensity of a dream, enriched by unsettlingly surreal details... It is a brilliant examination of the way that authoritarian structures operate: Kafka on a grander political scale." Sunday Times "Although on the surface this is a deeply compelling historical novel, its scope is wider. At heart, what Kadare seeks to demonstrate is the terrible nature of a world in which every human element is suborned to the state... Kadare well deserves his growing European audience." Daily Telegraph "An extraordinary and complex novel whose time has come...40 years after its initial publication [in Albanian]" Herald "In John Hodgson's lucid translation, The Traitor's Niche is absorbing from start to finish. Kadare's allegorical burlesque has rarely been so trenchant." Spectator "The novel is a hymn to language, something that, as Ottoman bureaucrats intent on obliterating it instinctively know, and as Kadare's novels prove, is not easily silenced" -- Claire Allfree Daily Mailshow more

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

Review Text

"An extraordinary and complex novel whose time has come...40 years after its initial publication [in Albanian]"show more

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