Description - The Three-Arched Bridge by Ismail Kadare
In the 14th century a bridge was built across a great river in the Balkans known as the Wicked Waters. There was no end to the making of the bridge until a mason was bricked up in it as a propitiatory sacrifice. Only the Albanian monk, Gjon, could say when it was begun and in what circumstances, and indeed for what purpose. It cannot have been intended merely to put the ferrymen out of business. Was it to carry troops to the defence of the nations against the invading Turks? Or was it an escape route for those same troops? The monk discloses the story layer by layer, the story not only of the building of the bridge but of the intrigues, brutality and superstition that attended the laying of each stone. Kadare s historical parable provides a hard-hitting commentary on the conflicts that seem destined forever to ravage the Balkans.
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(216mm x 137mm x 13mm)
The Harvill Press
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Author Biography - Ismail Kadare
ISMAIL KADARE, born in 1936 in the mountain town of Gjirokaster, near the Greek border, is Albania's best-known poet and novelist. Since the appearance of The General of the Dead Army in 1965, Kadare has published scores of stories and novels that make up a panorama of Albanian history linked by a constant meditation on the nature and human consequences of dictatorship. "Dictatorship and authentic literature are incompatible," he wrote. "The writer is the natural enemy of dictatorship." His works brought him into frequent conflict with the authorities from 1945 to 1985. In 1990 he sought political asylum in France, and now divides his time between Paris and Tirana. He is the winner of the first ever Man Booker International Prize.