The Traitor's Niche (Paperback)
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The Traitor's Niche (Paperback)

(author), (translator)
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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 18/01/2018
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LONGLISTED FOR THE 2017 MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE At the heart of the Ottoman Empire, in the main square of Constantinople, a niche is carved into ancient stone. Here, the sultan displays the severed heads of his adversaries. Tundj Hata, the imperial courier, is charged with transporting heads to the capital - a task he relishes and performs with fervour. But 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. A surreal tale of rebellion and tyranny from the master of European literature.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784873202
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 170 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"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 *
"Although on the surface this is a deeply compelling historical novel, its scope is wider. At heart, what Kadare seeks to demonstrate is the terrible nature of a world in which every human element is suborned to the state... Kadare well deserves his growing European audience." * Daily Telegraph *
"An extraordinary and complex novel whose time has come...40 years after its initial publication [in Albanian]" * Herald *
"In John Hodgson's lucid translation, The Traitor's Niche is absorbing from start to finish. Kadare's allegorical burlesque has rarely been so trenchant." * Spectator *
"The novel is a hymn to language, something that, as Ottoman bureaucrats intent on obliterating it instinctively know, and as Kadare's novels prove, is not easily silenced" -- Claire Allfree * Daily Mail *

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