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Pasardhësi Read & download ✓ 109 Ý [BOOKS] ✬ Pasardhësi By Ismail Kadare – A new novel from the acclaimed winner of the inaugural Man Booker International Prize for achievement in fictionThe Successor is a powerful political novel based on the sudden mysterious death of the A new novel from the acclaimed wG dictator The world was so certain that he was next in line that he was known as The Successor And then shortly before he was to assume power he was found dead Did he commit suicide or was he murderedThe Successor is simultaneously a page turning mystery a historical novel – based on actual events and buttressed by the author’s private. Another great book by Albanian author Ismail Kadare It deals with the 'disappearance' of Mehmet Shehu Enver Hoxha's right hand man When I visited Albania in 1984 Enver Hoxha was still alive but Shehu's face had been airbrushed out of photographs on display in museumsThe weird frightening atmosphere of Albania until recently the last bastion of Stalinism in Europe is beautifully portrayed in this story

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Conversations with the son of the real life Mehmet Shehu – and a psychological challenge to the reader to decide How does one live when nothing is sure The Successor seamlessly blends dream and reality legendary past and contemporary history and proves again that Kadare stands alongside Máruez Canetti and Auster From the Hardcover edition. Fascinating This is a novelization of the last days and death of Mehmet Shehu the anointed successor of Enver Hoxha the Stalin like dictator of Albania The names were changed to protect the guilty and I don’t know of any evidence that things played out as Kadare describes A fast but not easy read it would be rewarding to readers who are curious about Albania life among the elite in a Communist dictatorship or dystopias in general Kadare uses several narrators and a jumbled chronology to tell the tale My appreciation benefited from several google searches of names and events in Albanian historyI expect to read of Kadare’s work

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PasardhësiA new novel from the acclaimed winner of the inaugural Man Booker International Prize for achievement in fictionThe Successor is a powerful political novel based on the sudden mysterious death of the man who had been handpicked to succeed the hated Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha The man who died was Mehmet Shehu the presumed heir to the ailin. 35Paranoia is the currency of totalitarianism Couple it with fear and they are what turn the cogs of the machine In such a state you devour or are devoured There’s no middle ground no tolerance no spontaneous consensus nothing that can save you Ismail Kadare blends fiction with reality to explain how power is exercised under these circumstances The reality is the death of Mehmet Shehu the right hand man of Enver Hoxha who lorded over Albania for a good chunk of the 20th century Shehu died either by his own hand or by that of another on the 17 of December 1981 The most obvious explanation is that he was killed on Hoxha’s orders In his fiction Kadare endorses this version only to a point The Successor in the book dies because he lived under a dictatorship because even when he obeys his leader or when he complies with the State he’s still signing his own death warrant There’s no escape no way of winning The regime strangles the Successor despite his hardline positions and regardless of how much he is loved by his Guide what Kadare calls his fictional Hoxha Even his family and acuaintances are slowly but surely engulfed in the same burst of terror that killed him At the end he pleads with his wife to finish him before they get to him That is the lesson of totalitarianism no matter how safe you think you are they always get to you in the end This small book reminded me of Garcia Maruez’s The Autumn of the Patriarch Although Maruez’s book is far spectacular and colourful they are both a study of tyrants and of the claustrophobic aura that is inevitably attached to countries oppressed by their leaders I will spare you the cliché of saying this is a book for our times But I will say it is a poignant read