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The Siege

Ismail Kadare

 

 

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Extraordinary: an epic with the force of myth and the delicacy of a miniature, with an immense cast in which each individual - from the military commanders to the harem girls and the siege-fodder, the janissaries whose bodies strew the plain beyond the castle walls - is delineated with a pungent and minute regard for his or her particular humanity...

 

There seems no reason to refrain from calling this ideal collaboration between author and translator a masterpiece.

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