The Siege

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Open Road + Grove/Atlantic, Jul 13, 2010 - Fiction - 337 pages
An epic novel of war from the Man Booker International Prize–winning Albanian author who “has been compared to Gogol, Kafka, and Orwell” (The Independent).
Ismail Kadare’s The Siege dramatizes a fictional fifth century assault by the Ottoman Army on a Christian fortress in the Albanian mountains.
As the bloody and psychologically crushing struggle for control unfolds, Kadare’s narrative opens a window onto the eternal clash between religions and empires. His masterful prose brings to life the exhilaration, despair, and immediacy of the battlefield—as well as a dramatic view of those who command and those who fight and die.
Hailed by The New Yorker as “Albania’s most distinguished novelist,” Kadare is a hero to his countrymen, as well as an outspoken critic of all forms of totalitarianism. Here, with this epic novel, he proves himself “an original voice, universal yet deeply rooted in his own soil” (TheIndependent).

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ISMAIL KADARE was born in 1936 in Gjirokastër, 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. He became a journalist and published poet, and his first novel, The General of the Dead Army, established him as a major new voice in literature. Translations of his novels have since been published, 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 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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