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The traitor's niche : a novel

Author: Ismail Kadare; John Hodgson
Publisher: Berkely, CA : Counterpoint, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Kadare, Ismail.
Traitor's Niche : A Novel.
La Vergne : Counterpoint, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ismail Kadare; John Hodgson
ISBN: 9781640090453 1640090452
OCLC Number: 1031963566
Description: 1 online resource (92 pages)
Contents: Intro; The Traitor's Niche; Also by Ismail Kadare; Title Page; Copyright; 1. At the Center of the Empire; 2. On the Empire's Frontier; 3. Between the Frontier and the Center of the Empire; 4. The Center of the Empire. Cloudy Day; 5. The Frontier of the Empire. Cloudy Day; 6. Still on the Frontier; 7. Neither Frontier nor Center, Caw-Caw. Then the Center and the End; About the Author.
Other Titles: Kamarja e turpit.
Responsibility: Ismail Kadare ; translated from the Albanian by John Hodgson.

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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 fervor. 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 indeed. 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.

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