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Egypt in the twenty-sixth century B.C. Young Pharaoh Cheops thinks he'll forego the construction of a pyramid in his honor, an edifice that strikes him as the symbol of a singularly macabre obsession with death. But the court sages hasten to change his mind when they consult a hidden cache of papyri and discover that the pyramid was originally designed not as a tomb but as...more
Paperback, 161 pages
Published October 5th 2005 by Arcade Publishing (first published January 1st 1992)
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htanzil
Piramid adalah sebuah konstruksi bangunan tertua dalam sejarah umat manusia yang sudah digunakan sejak berabad-abad lampau oleh bangsa Mesir dan Maya kuno. Piramid biasanya digunakan sebagai makam raja-raja atau tempat pemujaan. Salah satu piramid yang paling terkenal dan masuk dalam daftar 7 keajaiban dunia adalah kompleks Piramida Giza yang terletak di dekat kota Kairo (Mesir).

Piramid Giza hingga kini adalah piramida terbesar dibandingkan dengan piramida-piramida lain yang ada di muka bumi. Lu...more
Neal Adolph
A book that sounds so much more interesting than it becomes.

Despite moments of brilliance, nothing in this novel quite takes flight. The ideas in it have the potential to be disturbing, but the reader never finds themselves caring for what is happening in the author's world. Certainly there are some really impressive observations about government and terror here - and it is interesting to read a dystopian novel set in Egypt - but all of his observations and ideas come off as more important that...more
Joni
Gjeniu i Kadarese rishfaqet perseri tek romani "Piramida". Dy histori te treguara paralelisht implementohen tek ky roman. Kadareja me gjuhen e tij te paster shqipe, ku nuk gjen as edhe nje huazim arrin perseri te ilustroje historine e komunizmit tek Piramida. Historia perqendrohet ne ngritjen e nje Piramide (ate me te madhen, te Keopsit). Kadareja perqendrohet fare pak tek Egjipti, historia apo dicka tjeter qe nuk ka lidhje me piramiden. E gjithe historia ka per baze ngritjen e struktures madhes...more
MV
This is my least favourite Kadare novel in the group of five or six that I have read. As the others are mostly simply amazing, that doesn't make this book a bad read at all. The language in it is beautiful, but I could have done without some of the more vulgar parts of it, as they were not pertinent to the story but just mentioned from time to time. Doesn't seem very Kadaresque to me. But I suppose it's a matter of taste. Also a matter of taste would be where it takes place, in Ancient Egypt, wh...more
Zoe
Initially, I was super excited to read The Pyramid, however, once I got to page 8 or so, I lost interest.
The writing style of The Pyramid was unbelievably dull. Trying to read this book was like trying to take care of my grandmother, eventually I just end up falling asleep.
The starting ideas of The Pyramid were good and well, but honestly, ok, we get it, social control is bad, could you have made this book a little more intriguing?
How did this book win a prize? That's what I want to know...
To...more
Perri Ann
Ismail Kadare's novel, The Pyramid, follows the journey of a young pharaoh as he begins construction on his own, personal pyramid. While reading The Pyramid I felt as if I was reading a history text book. Kadare's writing was dull and uneventful and had the ability to put one to sleep. I couldn't enjoy a single second of this book as it made my brain want to implode. I would not recommend this book.
Teremarie
It's a VERY quick read, but.... it won a prize because there were no other nominees, right? It doesn't say enough, there's a point where you want to stop and say: "and then what?" because it can be redundant.
The idea sounded great at first, but it wasn't developed properly or as thoroughly as I would have wanted.
Zenu
I think Kadare is a great master of describing the totalitarianism, although I detected some sort of fascination with the matter in a way one can be fascinated by the might of the enemy. But isn’t knowledge of its qualities the road to freedom?
Apoorva
Brings the Pyramids to chilling life, death and resurrection. Wow.
indri
#2011-49

“Jangan hiraukan ocehan tolol dan menyesatkan! Piramid bakal membuat kita lebih kuat dan makin bahagia! Piramid akan membantu surga dan bumi mencapai kesepahaman yang lebih baik!”

Buku ini penuh humor?
Entah selera humor saya sedang rendah atau begitu sedih melihat penderitaan rakyat Mesir ketika membangun piramid ini. Piramid yang dibangun selama bertahun-tahun, hanya sebagai perlambang kuasa, ternyata tidak bisa dinikmati oleh si pembangun, pencetus, bahkan si Firaun sendiri yang tadinya...more
cindy
**duh, darimana saya harus memulai membahas buku ini. temanya yang sangat tidak biasa, pemikirannya yang mendalam, penulisannya yang mengalir (plus penterjemahannya yang luar biasa bagus) atau selera humornya yang yang muncul diam-diam, namun menohok??!?**


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an
beauty is pain

ungkapan di atas mungkin sering kita dengar jika kau merasa sebagai perempuan. untuk mendapatkan sosok yang ideal yang bisa dikatakan cantik dengan stereotipe tinggi, rambut panjang ponian, kulit putih dan semacam itulah. ternyata hal ini ga terjadi dengan tubuh manusia saja.

dalam novel ini dikisahkan kisah dibalik piramid mesri. dimana kita penah mengenal na sebagai 7 keajaiban dunia (atau memang masih ya?), yang di dalam na tersimpan mumi na firaun dengan kekayaan yang ikut dikub...more
Rama Wirawan
Dari novel Piramid ini saya jadi tahu bahwasanya piramid Mesir bukan semata-mata bangunan bersejarah tempat dimakamkannya raja-raja. Melainkan lebih dari itu. Pembangunan piramid sendiri adalah sebuah alat untuk mensubjugasi rakyat Mesir di bawah kaki para Firaunnya sehingga tidak mempunyai kesempatan untuk melawan. Piramid pada akhirnya menjadi hal tak terpisahkan dari Mesir; sebagai sistem politik kekuasaan, sosial, keamanan Negara, serta menjadi budaya kerja tak terelakkan (sesuatu yang seben...more
Tototapalnise
Selesai sudah saya membaca buku ini. Ceritanya terlalu datar untuk sebuah novel, ataukah memang saya yang tidak begitu cocok dengan gaya bahasa novel tersebut.

Firaun muda itu bernama Cheops, awal kisah dia tidak ingin membangun Piramid untuk dirinya sendiri. Dia ingin mendobrak dogma lama turunan nenek moyangnya akan keabadian sebuah Piramid, "saya tidak akan membangun sebongkahpun Piramid!"

Bergidiklah para anggota dewan dan para penasehat kerajaan, merindinglah dibuatnya si Pendeta tua mendeng...more
Hanny
Nov 04, 2011 Hanny rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Semua orang.
Buku yang... sulit saya deskripsikan.

Pertama kali melihatnya di bagian 'buku-buku tidak terlalu berat'. Don't judge the book by the cover menjadi pepatah yang diragukan di sini, karena mau tak mau, saya harus mengakui bahwa kedua sisi cover-nya lah yang menantang saya untuk membelinya. Gambar di cover depan, maupun semacam review singkat di cover belakang.

Saya jatuh cinta pada buku ini karena menyuguhkan cerita tentang Mesir. Bukan Mesir dengan latar belakang Al Azhar Kairo, ya, tapi Mesir kuno....more
A.m. Kirkby
The slim book is a parable of totalitarianism - a 'secret' Kadare exposes in the final chapter ("Epilogue. Of a transparent kind"). It's not without humour - Youyou the Drunkard has a particularly amusing cameo role - though most of the humour is rather cynical, as when various characters attempt frantically to disavow their earlier actions and beliefs once the government has changed.

Character, description, local colour are not the concern of the parable; it works on a broader scale. Sometimes K...more
Mira
I'm a fan of Ancient Egyptian stories - but this was a drudge. Sample text goes like "..stone number ten thousand and twenty six arrived from the quarry and was placed, stone number ten thousand and twenty seven arrived but was cursed and forty slaves died, stone number ten thousand and twenty eight had a crack in it..". No joke.

It put me in mind of this comedy sketch. It's only 2'29 mins long, but infinitely more entertaining than this book. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob1rYl...

Having said t...more
Nick
The Pharoah Cheops, in 2600 BC Egypt, tries in vain to establish his identity through reform of the politics that have ruled the way things go in his country for decades. But he can't get anything done. The body politic insists on going on as always. The individuality of Cheops is lost in how his political machine gets his pyramid built -- which is the major focus of all Egyptian life, so it would seem. A 20th century Eastern European view of politics set in a fantastic and ironic BC Egypt. And...more
Justin Halsey
When i fist picked up this book, i had a feeling it would be a glorious book, but after reading this vile abomination i couldn't help but to look back and think what else i could have done with the time that was stolen from me while reading this. The character and style of writing was dull, and the lack of excitement made me consider grabbing a pen and gouging my eyes out. I had much excitement when i first heard of the book, but now after the disappointment and time it destroyed, i feel it shou...more
Caroline
Un grand cru de Kadaré, la revisite de l’Egypte des pharaons pour attaquer les rouages infernales des dictatures: appauvrir la population en concentrant les forces vives du pays vers un projet «pharaonique», car les populations dans l’aisance ont le temps de penser et juger et remettre en cause les gouvernements. L’écriture descriptive et volontairement neutre de Kadaré, son oeil clinique, nous fait vivre en direct les évènements, l’écrasement de tous ces hommes pour la poursuite d’un dessein qu...more
Zoe
Another strangely mystical one by Kadare- this one chronicles the building of an Egyptian pyramid. It re-creates that ancient scene in small pieces and images. It's a sort of chronicle of the process for the builders, as well as for the king who is to be entombed in it. I love the passages that describe each stone, and the history of their journey from the quarry to the pyramid, killing masons and stonelayers along the way. Reading it right now is connected with a new series of drawings I am mak...more
Aubrey scott
The book, The Pyramid painted a very vivid image of how life in Egypt was during this time. It opened my eyes and made me question the pyramids of modern day America. I saw that what the author was saying proved to be extremely accurate and was easily applied to modern society.
Although Kadare made several valid point the book its self was rather tiresome.
It was not an enjoyable read. I would not suggest this book.
Rebekah Padilla
This book was different. It opened my eyes or allowed me to think about the pyramids i've allowed or been forced into in my life. I think that it could of been written better but the translation of it was different in the original copy so that might off been a cause for the boring words and lack of excitement in it. I wouldn't really recommend it unless your a person into history book type of writing.
Benjamin Farmer
Not read anything else by this author, so cannot comment. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of oppression and suppression by the force of will and rock.It was short, so didn't take long to read and provided a brief glimpse into a time long passed. Would recommend.
Faaqih Irfan
Sebuah buku yang benar-benar sastrawi. Kisah tentang kediktatora terselubung di balik pembangunan sebuah mahakarya. Sebuah keironisan. Novel yang mengajak kita untuk merenung bahwa manusia sesungguhnya tidak bisa lepas dari perbudakan keinginan melalui tradisi, dan mereka yang di dalamnya harus rela berkorban dan dikorbankan. Buku yang penerjemahannya juga bagus.
Yumisunami
It just didn't catch my interest. It reed like a text book, and for a book of fiction, this is not a good thing. I found the writing to be vary doll, and would start falling asleep after 5 pages. I will admit that the idea of building a pyramid, not for a memorial, but as a form of social control was interesting. But the story itself was painful to read.
Paul
Interesting allegory of the futility of totalitarian regimes, using the building of the Great Pyramid as the focal point of the story. There is little in the way of character development, but it is full of ideas, and manages to cover the issues from a variety of standpoints.
Amber
The Pyramid was one of the most dissapoting pieces of literature I have ever read. Plain and simple it is boring and dull, I do not recommend reading it.
Doug
I had high hopes for this book, but in the end, I found it dull and uninteresting. Moments of good writing surrounded by meh
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Ismail Kadare was born in 1936 in Gjirokastër, in the south of Albania. His education included studies at the University of Tirana and then the Gorky Institute for World Literature in Moscow, a training school for writers and critics.

In 1960 Kadare returned to Albania after the country broke ties with the Soviet Union, and he became a journalist and published his first poems.

His first novel, The G...more
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