By Ismail Kadare
During this spellbinding novel, written in Albania and smuggled into France a number of pages at a time within the Nineteen Eighties, Ismail Kadare denounces with infrequent strength the equipment of a dictatorial regime, drawing us again to the traditional roots of tyranny in Western Civilization. in the course of the waning years of Communism, a tender employee for the Albanian state-controlled media corporation narrates the tale of his ill-fated love for the daughter of a high-ranking legitimate. while he witness the ghostly photo of Agamemnon-the historic Greek king who sacrificed his personal daughter for purposes of State-on the reviewing stand in the course of a might Day party, he starts off to suspect the total disaster of his devotion. additionally integrated are "The Blinding Order," a parable of the Ottoman Empire in regards to the makes use of of terror in authoritarian regimes, and "The nice Wall," a chilling duet among a chinese language authentic and a soldier within the invading military of the Tamerlane.
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And later as a young girl. During summer vacations. One summer vacation after another, for years and years. Then for a long time he’d neither seen her nor heard from her. Nor had they written to each other. She had been sent to boarding school, to a convent where the Sisters were very strict. Her parents had sent her there because 48 they wished her to have a better education. And he, too, had studied and then stopped—lack of money, and other reasons—and tried this and that, until he had reached the end of his tether.
No one ever cleaned his small window, so the people behind each one could save on curtains, and from attic to cellar it smelled of cats, onions, and dust. There was never a moment’s quiet in this building. It was a madhouse— or hell. Women gossiping from kitchen to kitchen as they hung the wash out the windows; the crying of children and the scolding of mothers; running in the corridors and stairs, doors slamming and carpets being beaten into rags and the jingle of keys; and pots knocking against dishpans during washing-up hour; the whistling and banging of the water pipes— sometimes they banged so, the pipes almost burst— and the rush of water in the toilets.
Agamemnon's Daughter by Ismail Kadare