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The Traitor's Niche: A Novel

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Published by Counterpoint LLC on 2018-06-12
Hardcover: $25.00
FICTION / Thrillers, FICTION / Historical


LONGLISTED FOR THE 2017 MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE

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


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 fervor. 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 indeed.

The Traitor’s Niche is a surreal tale of tyranny and rebellion, in a land where armies carry scarecrows, state officials ban entire languages, and the act of forgetting is more complicated than remembering.

"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." ―The Telegraph

(Hardcover, 2018-06-12)


ASIN: 1640090444
ISBN: 9781640090446
EAN: 9781640090446

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A political fable of decapitation amid totalitarian oppression combines wickedly funny satire with darker, deeper lessons.

Kadare's political impact and significance have made him an oft-mentioned candidate in Nobel Prize handicapping.

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