The man who is next in line to be the leader of Albania is found shot dead in his bed. Was it suicide or was it murder? Kadare, one of Europe's finest writers, reshapes recent Balkan history in this wry and witty political parable, his first English offering in some years. Translated from the French of Tedi Papavrami by David Bellos.
Ismail Kadare is Albania's best-known novelist and poet. Translations of his novels have appeared in more than forty countries. He was awarded the inaugural Man Booker International Prize in 2005, and the Jerusalem Prize in 2015.