The Traitor"s Niche



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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. People flock to see the latest head and gossip about the state of the empire: the province of Albania is demanding independence again, and the niche awaits a new trophy…

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.

The Traitor’s Niche is a surreal tale of rebellion and tyranny, in a land where armies carry scarecrows, state officials ban entire languages, and the act of forgetting is more complicated than remembering.

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ISBN 109781448191512

  was a good year for Albanian literature, if not for Albania. Its great man of letters, Ismail Kadare, released two is best known for his pitch-black humor, authentic to the painful saga of Balkan history, and for winning the inaugural International Man Booker prize in The Traitor's Niche A Novel (eBook): Kadare, Ismail: 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. People flock to see the latest head and gossip about the state of the empire: the province of Albania is demanding independence again, and the niche awaits a new. --The New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice "If A Girl in Exile, with its reckoning of the moral compromises made under totalitarianism, is typical of Mr. Kadare's post-Communist writing, The Traitor's Niche (Counterpoint, pages, $25) exemplifies the remarkable multilayered fiction he .   The Traitor’s Niche is a surreal tale of rebellion and tyranny, in a land where armies carry scarecrows, state officials ban entire languages, and the act of .

  Ismail Kadare (b) is one of my favourite authors: he writes stories about the use and abuse of power in allegorical form, setting his stories in an indefinite past so that they have a timeless significance. The Traitor's Niche is an early work from his Ottoman Cycle: first published in , it was Kadare's eleventh. The Traitor's Niche A Novel (Book): Kadare, Ismail: LONG-LISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE Kadare is inevitably linked to Orwell and Kundera, but he is a far deeper ironist than the first, and a better storyteller than the second. He is a compellingly ironic storyteller because he so brilliantly summons details that explode with symbolic reality. Buy the Paperback Book The Traitor's Niche: A Novel by Ismail Kadare at , Canada's largest bookstore. Free shipping and pickup in store on eligible orders. The Traitor’s Niche is a surreal tale of rebellion and tyranny, in a land where armies carry scarecrows, state officials ban entire languages, and the act of forgetting is more complicated than remembering. Other Titles of Interest The Accident. Ismail Kadare, translated by John Hodgson. From the publisher.

  The Book: The Traitor’s Niche by Ismail Kadare.(). (). Published by Harvill Secker (Great Britain). pages. ISBN: The Dram: Laphroaig Quarter Cask – 48% (£ approx.) I will qualify this pairing first by saying I am no expert in Albanian history or literature. Rent or buy The Traitor's Niche - Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.   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 * In John Hodgson's lucid translation, The Traitor's Niche is absorbing from start to finish/5().   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 heart, what Kadare seeks to demonstrate is the terrible nature of Pages:

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The Traitor’s Niche was originally written in Kadare’s native Albanian in and has recently been translated by John Hodgson into English and is already the winner of the English PEN Award.

It is set even further back in time though, during the reign of the Ottoman empire and while Napoleon was at the height of his power in France (not /5(5).

The Traitors Niche is a surreal tale of tyranny and rebellion, in a land where armies carry scarecrows, state officials ban entire languages, and the act Here, the sultan displays the severed heads of /5.

Praise for The Traitor's Niche 1 of 19 Translated Books to Add to Your Reading List This Summer (Signature Reads) 1 of 46 Coolest Books of the Season (The Globe and Mail)A Best Book for Summer (Daily Telegraph)"The quest The Traitors Niche book a rebel pasha’s severed head becomes a grimly comic comment in John Hodgson’s translation of this brilliant and laconic Albanian novel, an allegorical fable /5(18).

Praise for The Traitor's Niche The New York Times Book Review, Paperback Row 1 of 19 Translated Books to Add to Your Reading List This Summer (Signature Reads) 1 of 46 Coolest Books of the Season (The Globe and Mail)A Best Book for Summer (Daily Telegraph) "The quest for a rebel pasha's severed head becomes a grimly comic comment in John Hodgson's translation of this brilliant and.

Praise for The Traitor's Niche The New York Times Book Review, Paperback Row 1 of 19 Translated Books to Add to Your Reading List This Summer (Signature Reads) 1 of 46 Coolest Books of the Season (The Globe and Mail) A Best Book for Summer (Daily Telegraph)Brand: Counterpoint Press. Abdulla guards this cautionary display, known as the Traitor's Niche.

The novel was long-listed for the Man Booker International Prize; Kadare won the inaugural International Prize in He is the author of over 20 novels, including A Girl in Exile and The Fall of the Stone City.

But the Albanian writer Ismail Kadare’s novel, “The Traitor’s Niche,” is an allegorical fable, finally (and very elegantly) translated into English by John Hodgson, about an earlier. The Traitor's Niche is a surreal tale of tyranny and rebellion, in a land where armies carry scarecrows, state officials ban entire languages, and the act of 3/5(1).

Reading The Traitor’s Niche today, 40 years after its initial publication, we can view the novel as an ode to rationality, due process, and government checks and balances. In this text, as in. A political fable of decapitation amid totalitarian oppression combines wickedly funny satire with darker, deeper lessons.

One of a series of books by Albania’s premier novelist (Twilight of the Eastern Gods,etc.) that was banned in his homeland, this novel was published in but has only recently been translated into only signs that it's set in the early 19th century.

Originally published inThe Traitor’s Niche is the latest novel by the great Albanian author Ismail Kadare to be translated into English. Part sardonic black comedy, part earnest political. The worlds of Kadare's historical-allegorical novels intersect and are shaped to the story at hand. In Traitor's Niche, for example, the Palace of Dreams is but one of dozens of state institutions /5.

The Traitor's Niche. This early novel from the inaugural Man Booker International Prize-winner was first published in Albanian in Set in during the Ottoman occupation of Albania it is a. The Traitor’s Niche. Written by Ismail Kadare John Hodgson (trans.) Review by Nicky Moxey.

The book opens at the heart of the Ottoman Empire. We are in a square in the ancient Imperial capital; and in this square, in the stonework of the Cannon Gate, has been carved a niche.

In this niche is a severed head. The complete review's Review. The Traitor's Niche is set in the early nineteenth century, as Kadare reïmagines Ottoman rule and specifically the subjugation of Albania at the time. The 'Traitor's Niche' of the title is set in a square in the part real (the Hagia Sophia is nearby), part fictional (the Palace of Dreams and the Central State Archive, familiar from other Kadare novels, are.

In The Traitor’s Niche, from Counter Point Press, Albanian author Ismail Kadare has drawn a satirical, and biting, picture of the Ottoman Empire.

Albania, like many of the Baltic states, had fallen under the sway of the machinery of the Turkish monarchy. Centred in the capital city of Istanbul, the arms of the state reached through Eastern Europe until it ran smack dab into the Austria Author: Richard Marcus. The Traitor's Niche (Albanian: Kamarja e turpit) is a historical novel by the Albanian author Ismail was first published in Tirana, Albania in The English translation by John Hodgson was published in It is part of a loose trilogy that includes The Three-Arched Bridge and The Palace of Dreams.

Contents. The story is told from a number of perspectives, opening in the Author: Ismail Kadare. Get this from a library. The traitor's niche.

[Ismail Kadare; John Hodgson] -- 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. Praise for The Traitor's Niche The New York Times Book Review, Paperback Row 1 of 19 Translated Books to Add to Your Reading List This Summer (Signature Reads) 1 of 46 Coolest Books of the Season (The Globe and Mail) A Best Book for Summer (Daily Telegraph) The quest for a rebel pasha's severed head becomes a grimly comic comment in John Hodgson's translation of this brilliant /5(15).

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In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication. If you are the publisher or author of this book and feel. The Traitor’s Niche is a surreal tale of tyranny and rebellion, in a land where armies carry scarecrows, state officials ban entire languages, and the act of 3/4(7).

Get this from a library. The traitor's niche: a novel. [Ismail Kadare; John Hodgson] -- "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. People flock to see. The Traitor’s Niche Ismail Kadare, trans.

from the Albanian by John Hodgson. Counterpoint (PGW, dist.), $25 (p) ISBN Buy this book. Forty years after its first. 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.

The Traitor’s Niche was originally written in Kadare’s native Albanian in and has recently been translated by John Hodgson into English and is already the winner of the English PEN Award. It is set even further back in time though, during the reign of the Ottoman empire and while Napoleon was at the height of his power in France (not /5(19).

Book review: Ismail Kadare’s The Traitor’s Niche – a Balkan master at work The Traitor's Niche is an allegory of power and old Albania but also a humorous fantasy romp, with three severed Author: M Lynx Qualey.

The Traitor's Niche A Novel (Book): Kadare, Ismail: "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.

People flock to see the latest head and gossip about the state of the empire: the province of Albania is demanding independence again, and the niche awaits a new.

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. People flock to see the latest head and gossip about the state of the empire: the province of Albania is demanding independence again, and the niche awaits a new trophy Tundj Hata, the imperial courier, is charged 4/5(2).

Review: The Traitor’s Niche by Ismail Kadare; translated by John Hodgson. By Ayesha Manazir Siddiqi on March 9, in Articles.

Ismail Kadare’s novel opens with the backdrop of a bustling city square in Constantinople, in the heart of the Ottoman Empire. There is an ancient stone wall in the square, into which a cavity has been carved. Tags: ismail kadare, Man Booker International Prizetraitors niche This entry was posted on Ma at pm and is filed under Ismail Kadare, Man Booker International Prize You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS feed.

You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site. Kadare's The Traitor's Niche suggests that to belong to the state is to either be a part of the machineries of power or in rebellion against them—and occasionally : Sean Guynes.With his deft knack for original turns of phrase, Kadare writes: “The square was like a swimming pool whose water changed every half hour.” Fixed within its earthly tide is the introductory character of Abdullah, guardian of the traitor’s niche, a cutout of stone where decapitated heads are displayed.The Traitor's Niche is a surreal tale of tyranny and rebellion, in a land where armies carry scarecrows, state officials ban entire languages, and the act of forgetting is more complicated than remembering.