A new novel from the master storyteller and winner of the inaugural Man International Booker Prize 2005 Guaranteed massive review and media coverage. Set in Albania at an unnamed time, "The Successor" charts the repercussions of the death of the regime leader's designated successor; did he kill himself, or was he murdered? Speculation is slow to ...
A new novel from the master storyteller and winner of the inaugural Man International Booker Prize 2005 Guaranteed massive review and media coverage. Set in Albania at an unnamed time, "The Successor" charts the repercussions of the death of the regime leader's designated successor; did he kill himself, or was he murdered? Speculation is slow to start, but once doubt is raised, rumours begin to gather. Confusion and mounting tension build and the aftermath is narrated through a series of interweaving voices: the architect of the Successor's home, the minister of the interior and the Successor's bereaved daughter - all influenced by the outwardly benevolent but increasingly sinister Guide, the country's leader. The novel charts the escalating tension, distrust and anxiety of a regime that is collapsing in upon itself. "The Successor" is simultaneously a historical novel - based on actual events, and reinforced by the author's private conversations with the son of Mehmet Shehu, upon whom the central character is based - and a dreamlike psychological thriller. In a style reminiscent of Kafka, Gogol and Orwell, it asks questions of the human character's resolve when faced with the iniquities of tyranny: blending dream and reality, and confronting legendary past with contemporary history.
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Publishers Weekly, 2005-09-19 In 1981, on a December night, the designated successor to Albania's tyrannical "Guide" died of a gunshot wound; the Albanian news reported it as a suicide, but rumors spoke of murder. The search for the story of that night spirals inward from the speculations of foreign intelligence analysts to the posthumous and fragmentary recollections of the successor himself. Through those, we see his daughter twice forced to abandon love that conflicted with her father's ambitions, and his son clapped in irons when doctrine required it. As Kadare explores the perspectives of those caught in the successor's orbit, past and present, it becomes apparent that he is investigating not only the fate of a man, but the nature of truth when the symbol one becomes outweighs the human one is. Kadare (Broken April) was awarded this year's Man Booker International Prize, given for a body of work rather than a single book; Arcade will re-release six other Kadare novels simultaneously with this one. The successor is based on Mehmet Shehu, destined to take over for dictator Enver Hoxha, and Kadare infuses his character with magical realist horror. Even in this clunky translation (from the French, as opposed to the original Albanian), Kadare stands with Orwell, Kafka, Kundera and Solzhenitsyn as a major chronicler of oppression. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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