The File On H : Book by David Bellos

The File On H

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ISBN: 9780099497196    Publisher: Random House Year of publishing: 2006     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 176        Language: English
Two Irish-American scholars from Harvard journey to Albania in the 1930s with a tape recorder (a 'new fangled' invention) in order to record the last genuinely oral epic singe Their purpose, they say,...Read more
Two Irish-American scholars from Harvard journey to Albania in the 1930s with a tape recorder (a 'new fangled' invention) in order to record the last genuinely oral epic singe Their purpose, they say, is to show how Homer's epics might have been culled from a verbal tradition. But the local Governor believes its an elaborate spying mission and arranges for his own spy to follow them.The two dedicated scholars realise only too late that they have stumbled over an ants' nest.This simple tale by Albania's most eminent and gifted novelist serves to lift the veil on one of the most secret and mysterious countries of modern Europe.
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About the author: David Bellos
Ismail Kadare, born in 1936 in the mountain town of Gjirokaster, near the Greek border, is Albania's best-known poet and novelist. Since the appearance... Read more
Ismail Kadare, born in 1936 in the mountain town of Gjirokaster, near the Greek border, is Albania's best-known poet and novelist. Since the appearance of 'The General of the Dead Army' in 1965, Kadare has published scores of stories and novels that make up a panorama of Albanian history linked by a constant meditation on the nature and human consequences of dictatorship. Kadare's works brought him into frequent conflict with the authorities from 1945 to 1985. In 1990 he sought political asylum in France, and now divides his time between Paris and Tirana. He is the winner of the inaugural Man Booker Prize.
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Review:
Witty and touching. It consolidates Kadare's reputation as one of the finest writers to emerge from communist Europe" Sunday Times "Eloquent, engaging and poignant" Irish Times "A wicked and...Read more
Witty and touching. It consolidates Kadare's reputation as one of the finest writers to emerge from communist Europe" Sunday Times "Eloquent, engaging and poignant" Irish Times "A wicked and amusing satire of provincial life...it is also an elegiac celebration of the power of poetry" Times Literary Supplement "Funny, strange, and melancholy" Guardian "Knife-sharp satire...originality shines through" The Times
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