The 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 ailing dictator. The world was so...more
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No such disclaimer here. Instead, Kadare promises “Any resemblance between the characters and circumstances of this tale and real people and events is inevitable.”
The eponym in The Successor is ...more
By the way, he faced serious competition for the award as the finalists included Gabriel García Márquez, Milan Kundera, Margaret Atwood, Saul Bellow, Gunther Grass, Naguib Mahfouz, Doris Lessing, Kenzaburō Ōe, Stanisław Lem, Ian McEwan, Philip Roth, Muriel Spark and John Updike. I count six Nob ...more
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 museums.
The weird, frightening atmosphere of Albania, until recently the last bastion of Stalinism in Europe, is beautifully portrayed in this story.
But who and why for? Hmmmmmmmm. Pretty good book, not great, but good, writing is clear and a bit like a journalistic entry, just the facts mam, the political fettering is entertaining and interesting.
I will hold my judgment of Kadare for another book, at present I could take him or leave him, leaning closer to the latter at this point. Good thing for Mr. Kadare ...more
December 13, 1981, the successor to the dictator of Albania died. The initial thought was that it was a suicide, then came the thought that it might be murder. Kadare tells his story through multiple points of view, each moves the plot forward or had the opportunity to commit the murder.
Even though I didn't like this as much as Kadare's other ...more
The premise is simple but at the same time complex. The successor to the Albanian government is found dead in his room with a gun next to him. This triggers (no pun intended) mass speculation on whether the Successor was murdered or committed ...more
The good beginning depicts the paranoia the system produces, but the narrative is weakened by dwelling on side topics. For instance, the dau ...more
His style has a crystalline clarity but his themes are decidedly murky: the combination has an extremely powerful effect. The Sucessor is a novel that is related to his brilliant novella 'Agamemnon's Daughter' but it isn't quite a sequel.
The Kafkaesque ma ...more
This book is a gateway, a guided tour, to the terrifying world of a frightening regime, and perhaps to the darkness of the paranoid minds of leaders still alive -Kim Jong Un is one that comes to mind. As suc ...more
Oggi tocca a un paese decisamente più vicino a noi, sia in termini geografici che storici: l’Albania.
Forse non tutti sanno che – direbbero sulla Settimana Enigmistica – l’Albania vanta un gigante della letteratura moderna, p ...more
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.Did he commit suicide or was he murdered? That is the burning question. The man who died by his own hand, or another+s, was Mehmet Shehu, the presumed heir to the ailing dictator, Enver Hoxha. So sure was the world that he was next in line, he was known as The Successor. And then, shortly ...more
Un romanzo interessante sulla recente storia dell'Albania?
Diverse candidature al Nobel per la letteratura?
Paragonarlo a Kafka?
Eh no, questo no, suvvia! L'angoscia di Kafka sta nel subire senza sapere, l'angoscia del successore e famiglia sta nel sapere fin troppo, ma nel non avere alcun potere effettivo sugli eventi che accadranno.
Stando al retro di copertina Kadaré ricrea brillantemente l'atmosfera di cupo terrore, delazioni e recriminazioni dell'Albania ...more
Maybe the problem is my age. I remember reading Kafka when I was young and feeling that his convoluted style was necessary to match themes. Now in my seventies, I ...more
The Successor is a murder mystery based on the true-life death of Mehmet Shehu, the designated successor to Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha in 1981. Told using different perspectives from the family of the successor, the guide, the architect, the Dr who performed the autopsy, even, the dead successor f ...more
“Many had not realized that it was late March, or else had forgotten the old saying according to which the third month often asks its brother February to lend it three bitter days, to chill the bones of whoever offends it” (61).
*I only recently reread 1984 and it’s astonishing to see the similarities between Orwell’s Oceania and Kadare’s ...more