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The Siege (Kadare novel) – Wikipedia
Considering the original was Albanian and it was updated in french in the mid 90s a big congratulations to all the translators involved. Jul 20, Dr. There are the thousands who die trying to scale the walls. What is additionally interesting about the novel are the countless ismakl and intentional anachronisms it contains.
The Siege is a brilliant historical novel. This combined with a compelling writing style. Therefore Kadare’s message in this novel is – like in most of his books – very ambiguous. Originally published in Albania inand then translated into French in the mids, this excellent novel has finally made it into English. Kadare has been mentioned as a possible recipient for the Nobel Prize in Literature several times. You can decide to make it visible only to you or to a restricted audience.
It is very good as a historical novel, but perhaps too oblique to work as satire. Important for the chronicler is especially his growing friendship with the Quartermaster, a kind of Chief Logistics Officer, who is very friendly and frank with him and is opening his eyes for the difficult task that such a mission including so many people is imposing on the logistics.
Ci racconta di un poeta che diventa cieco, di uomini che muoiono e di giovani donne rapite.
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It lacks some of the crispness of writing that I have admired in some of his other works. His works have been published in about 30 languages. The trials and tribulations of the besiegers are described in great detail, and give the reader a vivid idea about siege techniques and the reactions of the besiegers during that period of history.
The story begins slowly but the pace quickens about half way through the book. So, “the drums of rain” – also the planned original title of the book, and keshtjellx the name under ismaip The Siege is published in French – are dreaded by the Pasha, but longed-for by the Albanians. Si parla di lui per sentito dire, dagli altri.
There is even a war cry chosen and sent down from on high.
His education included studies at the University of Tirana and then the Gorky Institute for World Kasare in Moscow, a training school for writers and critics.
The tale is keshtjellq in two perspecti In The SiegeIsmail Kadare succeeds in telling a story that is at once a fictionalized piece of history, a believable what-if about the Ottoman invasion of 15th-century Albania, and a subtle commentary on modern politics and war. Ma certo, questa scelta imprime forza, potenza al messaggio.
Well worth reading if you have any interest in the Ottoman Empire, Albania, military history, or simply excellent world literature.
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Ci racconta in anticipo gli orrori delle guerre che abbiamo conosciuto in questi anni. The Siege is therefore not a simple transposition or blending of medieval and modern history, but a complex symbol of a divided and suffering nation besieged by itself. Viene addirittura citato saltuariamente, e quasi solo nella seconda parte. There is the astrologer who wrongly predicts success and the confident poet who is blinded.
I particularly liked reading the Quartermaster’s “heretical” confidences to the chronicler who pushed such thoughts away and insisted on describing the seige with euphemisms and meaningless phrases. Short chapters describe the siege from the point of view of the castle’s Christian Albanian defenders.
The doctor debates the pros and cons of bioweapons such as plague-ridden rats over other pestilent diseases and other animal vectors — all of which must be approved from on high.
Or an attack of the myth Skanderbeg, who is hiding somewhere in the mountains. Attempts to scale the walls with long ladders, which are burnt by the defenders pouring boiling pitch, the difficult and dangerous work of sappers trying to tunnel under the wall, the casting and firing of a new, big cannon, the horrors of mutilation, the fears, jealousy, moments of drunken exuberation and other moments of despair among the besiegers and the great anxiety of the besieged.
The engineers build bigger and better cannons with no concern for human life, only whether the massive destruction can be predicted and controlled, and the enigmatic architect, a figure who moves in ismal out of Turkish prisons, is a renegade Christian selling out the architectural secrets of his fellow Christians.
Since Albania was conquered by the Ottoman Empire, people there were affected by its culture, politics, and other social institutions. Basic things about which we rarely read in the history books that tell only of iwmail deeds of “great men”, are of crucial importance. I ixmail noticed this in the accounts of the dysfunctional war council where traditionalists vie with modern scientific experts. Sep 29, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sep 09, Fjolla Hoxha rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feb 11, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Research and publish the best content.
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