A briliant novel by the Man Booker International Prize winner.
In September 1943, German soldiers advance on the ancient gates of Gjirokastër, Albania. It is the first step in a carefully planned invasion. But once at the mouth of the city, the troops are taken aback by a surprising act of rebellion that leaves the citizens fearful of a bloody counter-attack.
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‘One of the most important voices in literature today.’
‘A master storyteller.’
‘One of the world’s greatest living writers.'
‘There are very few writers alive today with the depth, power and resonance of this remarkable novelist.'
‘European grand master Ismail Kadare, that wizard of the sinister, beguiles with yet another dark fable…this epic novella packs a huge—both hugely entertaining and thought-provoking—punch.’