Kadare, Ismail (Translated by Derek Coltman) . THE GENERAL OF THE DEAD ARMY. New York City, NY: New Amsterdam Books, 1991. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 252 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the most sensational literary debuts of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in this edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original by a small press. The First Edition Thus is now very scarce. Presents Ismail Kadare's prodigious first novel in a felicitous English translation. The ironic title refers to the protagonist, a general who must retrieve the remains of dead (Italian) soldiers in a foreign land, Albania. Kadare's depiction of both inner and outer landscapes is so vivid that you cannot help but think of Homer's "The Odyssey", as many critics do, a Classical epic with a Modern twist. The General has a deep motivation for fulfilling his mission: He believes he will be hailed as a hero in his country. But he soon realizes his mission is more complicated than it seemed at first. He finds himself in the middle of a strange country surrounded by people he does not understand. Through foreign eyes, the young Kadare shows his native Albania with exquisite virtuosity and sublime irony. "Advances wryly and dryly into the darkness. He doesn't do messages; he brings them to lethal life" (The New York Times) . Before its collapse, Albania was the reclusive Communist state of the West, Europe's North Korea, that is, totalitarianism at its most absurd, barbaric, and paranoid. Ismail Kadare has made it his Borgesian mission to write her history through literature that has universal significance. An absolute "must-have" title for Ismail Kadare collectors. This title is a modern classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Edition Thus/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Most copies available online are subsequent editions or have serious flaws. A very scarce copy thus. Regarded by eminent scholars and critics as one of the greatest living writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ISMAIL KADARE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) . ISBN 1561310077. $100.00

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