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
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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