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The Pyramid

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  448 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
From the Albanian writer who has been short-listed for the Nobel Prize comes a hypnotic narrative of ancient Egypt, a work that is at once a historical novel and an exploration of the horror of untrammeled state power. It is 2600 BC. The Pharaoh Cheops is inclined to forgo the construction of a pyramid in his honor, but his court sages hasten to persuade him otherwise. The ...more
Paperback, 161 pages
Published October 5th 2005 by Arcade Publishing (first published January 1st 1992)
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“A Pirâmide” de Ismaïl Kadaré relata as circunstâncias e motivações que impulsionaram a construção da maior e mais antiga das três pirâmides de Gizé, a Pirâmide de Quéops.

Bem sei que o intuito do autor não era propriamente explorar a questão histórica (que para mim teria sido tão mais interessante…), mas sim revelar a construção da pirâmide como o fruto de um regime totalitário que dominava em absoluto as vidas dos egípcios, condenando-os a uma inescapável forma de escravidão (gerações atrás de
Oct 11, 2011 htanzil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buntelan
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
Neal Adolph
Jan 15, 2016 Neal Adolph rated it liked it
Shelves: european, translated
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
Joni Baboci
Feb 13, 2012 Joni Baboci rated it really liked it
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
Apr 15, 2010 Zoe rated it it was ok
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...
Perri Ann
Apr 15, 2010 Perri Ann rated it did not like it
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.
Dec 17, 2010 MV rated it liked it
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
Nafis Oli
পিরামিড রহসযের সতযটা আজও অজানা। তবু লেখক অতি সামানয বযাখযা করার চেষটা করেছেন। সব-গরবে মাথা উঁচু করে দাঁড়িয়ে থাকা পরতিটি পিরামিড কতশত মানুষের রকতাকত দেহের উপর দাঁড়িয়ে আছে তার ধারনা বই থেকে পাওয়া যায়। পিরামিড সমপরকে কিছু ধারনা পেতে চাইলে বইটি পড়া যায়। ...more
Dec 15, 2013 Mira rated it it was ok
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.

Having said t
Jun 30, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure why I was reading this book when I started it. I’ve never been much of a history buff and had I realised when I’d started it it was going to be about ancient Egypt I’m not sure I would’ve picked it up. If it wasn’t by Kadare. That was the only reason. This is my fifth. I’ve heard it called “one of the greatest works produced by this writer” but then I’ve also seen it called “[a] below-par performance by a world-class writer.” It certainly has its moments but even though it’s a shor ...more
Azzam Izzatal
May 27, 2016 Azzam Izzatal rated it really liked it
minggu lalu gw beli buku yang sudah di alih bahasakan dengan baik oleh Dwi Pranoto, dari penerbit Marjin Kiri (semoga mereka terlindung dari tangan-tangan jahil yang akhir-akhir ini alergi dengan yang serba 'kiri')

isi buku ini mengisahkan nafsu Firaun Cheops membangun Piramid tertinggi sebagai persiapan makamnya nanti ketika ia mati. beribu-ribu rakyat Mesir kala itu dikisahkan meninggal selama proses pembangunan. mereka di kirim ke tambang-tambang batu di pelosok negeri untuk mengangkutnya lewa
Lukasz Pruski
May 14, 2014 Lukasz Pruski rated it liked it
Ismail Kadare's "The Pyramid" is a parable about totalitarian system of government and about the dynamics of relationships between tyrants and their subjects.

In the 26th century BC, Cheops, the pharaoh of Egypt, influenced by his advisors, decrees that a huge pyramid be built for his tomb. The unfathomably difficult task (over two million blocks of stone are used, with some blocks weighing over 20 tons) is completed in 20 years. The construction process is accompanied by cyclical fabrications o
Jul 16, 2015 Joy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Pyramid by Ismail Kadare was a spontaneous choice at the library. On noticing the author's unusual name, I found out his nationality and decided this novella would be a good choice for Albania in my Global Reading Challenge. Sadly, spontaneous choices don't always pay off.

The Pyramid tells the story of a pharaoh who wishes to go against tradition by not having a pyramid built for him. After much persuading, he changes his mind drastically by choosing to having the biggest possible pyramid bu
Dec 06, 2013 Teremarie rated it did not like it
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.

Edisi bahasa Indonesia ini diterjemahkan dari bahasa Prancis, so it fit the category.

Sepanjang membaca buku ini yang keinget malah Borobudur melulu. Berapa banyak orang yang dikerahkan buat bangun monumen sebesar itu. ada konflik juga ga ya? apa dasar pembangunannya sekonyol alasan pembuatan piramida di Mesir? kalo menurut sejarah pembangunannya, Borobudur bahkan diperkirakan dibangun jauh lebih lama dibandingkan piramida si Cheopssekitar 75-100 tahun. Walaupun jelas belum setua piramida Cheops
Sorin Hadârcă
Apr 14, 2015 Sorin Hadârcă rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?
Lenny Wick
Aug 27, 2014 Lenny Wick rated it it was amazing
Superb. Genius. I'm stunned at some of the poor reviews, one of those moments when helplessly you wonder how different you are from other people, but then I have a high capacity for parable and this one is for the ages.

The Pyramid makes no secret of its allegorical nature - a portrait of totalitarian/communist/Soviet-style/authoritarian command economies and police states - but Kadare is such an ingenious writer that the depth spreads far beyond. This breathes with its own sentience and life.

I h
Benjamin Shehu
Jul 25, 2014 Benjamin Shehu rated it really liked it
A very solid piece by Kadare, his continuous treatment of the Communist regime of Albania by using different allegories seems to go on and on in every single one of his works. And yet we find a universal character in his entire bibliography, that of a yearning for freedom and a desire to get away from totalitarianism.

From the ancient sands of Egypt, to the skull pyramids of Timur the lame and the Bunkers of Enver Hoxha, Kadare mixed in the best of history with his own interpretations, to give us
Oct 13, 2014 Eli rated it did not like it
Terrible. DNF. This book was like reading a non-fiction, but less interesting. I don't understand what the purpose of this novel is. There are essentially no characters, no plot, but it's presented in a drudgingly slow, meandering fashion that intends to share unto the reader the relentless suffering of the pyramid's builders. Repetitive sentences and paragraphs carry on for whole pages, like an itinerary, without conveying any meaningful information. I can't comprehend why in the world this was ...more
Aug 10, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing
Ismail Kadare is an Albanian author. During the dictatorship of Enver Hoxha, Albania was known as The Pyramid.

Pyraminds are wide-based objects that taper to a point at the top. The Egyptians built pyramids out of stone that cost thousands of lives. Timur the Lame (Tamerlane) built pyraminds made of human heads that cost the lives of thousands of his enemies. Who can tell how many lives the pyramid in Albania cost?

This is a dystopia in the past. The writing is sublime and Kadare uses subtle satir
Mar 09, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: albania, balkans
To be honest, this is rather a dessicated account of the bloody process of building of Cheops's pyramid - with obvious significance in Albania, as Hoxha's intended mausoleum is a squat and particularly ugly pyramid (designed by his architect daughter) on prime land in the centre of Tirana (with a pretty nice parklet around it, granted). At least, from the ground it's ugly; from the air it's a representation of the the Albanian eagle and rather more impressive. Hoxha has long lain elsewhere, the ...more
Bernard Batubara
May 07, 2016 Bernard Batubara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
dua hari lalu selesai baca novel ini, "piramid" dari penulis albania, ismaïl kadaré. pada masanya buku ini sempat gagal terbit di bawah rezim totaliter pemerintahnya. penulisnya sampai harus memecah/mecah naskahnya dan disebar ke berbagai tempat, hingga akhirnya bisa disatukan kembali setelah pemerintah totaliter berganti.

ceritanya tentang proses pembangunan piramida, salah satu konstruksi bangunan tertua dan paling misterius dalam sejarah umat manusia. narasinya yang kadang-kadang puitis menutu
Nov 23, 2013 Apoorva rated it really liked it
Brings the Pyramids to chilling life, death and resurrection. Wow.
Apr 13, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this a fascinating read, a book that can be read on many levels, but definitely not one for those who are seeking an adventure story or fast past read.

Like so many born in the Twentieth Century, Egypt and the pyramids have long held a kind of romantic allure for me and this novel touches on the kind of madness, power and disdain for human life that lay behind the world of the Pharaohs, a madness that Kadare sees mirrored in modern totalitarian regimes and in the life of Timur the Lame (a
pembukaan novel ini meminta agar kita memandang piramid bukan melulu sebagai obyek, namun sebagai alat di mana kekuasaan beroperasi.
ketika cheops berniat menghentikan tradisi moyangnya dalam membangun piramid, serentak seluruh istana terkejut dan mencari dasar-dasar pembelaan mengapa struktur itu perlu selalu dibangun.
melalui penjelasan para pujangga yang menelisik dokumen-dokumen untuk membela perlunya firaun cheops melanjutkan tradisi membangun piramid kita diberi tahu bahwa piramid itu adalah
Aug 23, 2016 Leonardo marked it as to-keep-ref
La novela empieza cuando el faraón Keops anuncia a sus consejeros que no quiere construir una pirámide como las de sus predecesores. Alarmados por esta sugerencia, los consejeros señalan que la construcción de la pirámide es vital para conservar su autoridad: algunas generaciones atrás, la prosperidad había hecho que el pueblo de Egipto fuera más independiente, lo que le llevó a empezar a dudar y a resistirse a la autoridad del faraón. Cuando Keops acepta que la prosperidad de Egipto debe dismin ...more
Dec 13, 2014 Bbrown rated it liked it
Kadare's novella The Pyramid rehashes the subject of life under an inscrutable bureaucracy that was also the focus of Kadare's The Palace of Dreams, though this is a darker take on the topic. Kadare paints a portrait of the state as existing solely to oppress the populace, whether that be through busywork on an unimaginable scale or directly through killing and torture. The titular pyramid here seems to represent all the actions taken by a tyrannical and authoritarian state- it is justified to t ...more
Nov 25, 2011 indri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sastra-dunia, a-gift

“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
Sep 13, 2011 cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**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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Nov 01, 2011 an rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: punya, sastra-dunia
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
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Ismail Kadare (also spelled Kadaré) is an Albanian novelist and poet. He has been a leading literary figure in Albania since the 1960s. He focused on short stories until the publication of his first novel, The General of the Dead Army. In 1996 he became a lifetime member of the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences of France. In 1992, he was awarded the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca; in 2005, he wo ...more
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