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168 pages, Hardcover
First published January 1, 2008
is bordered by Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo (Disputed) to the northeast, Macedonia to the east and Greece to the south and southeast. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the west, and on the Ionian Sea to the southwest. It is less than 72 km (45 mi) from Italy, across the Strait of Otranto which links the Adriatic Sea to the Ionian Sea.
"Gurameto, the mortal sinner
Met the devil one day on the street,
Who told him to host a great dinner
With champagne and good things to eat.
What was the doctor's design,
Asking the corse to dine?"
"The Russian gave extraordinary detailed instructions. In the first session they would test the prisoners sincerity, especially Big Dr Gurameto's. Everything else depended on this. They would try to obtain precise answers to certain questions. What had the doctor and his foreign guest said in their private conversations during the dinner? What did the doctor know about German intentions towards Albania?
There had been Tao of secret discussions before the invasion with a group of pro-German Albanians who would take over the country's government. What had been Dr Gurameto's role in this group, if any? Why had he felt in such a strong position, almost equal to the German colonel? Where had he found the courage to speak up for the hostages, especially Jakoel the Jew? What did the Germans think about their massacre of civilians at the village of Borova? Did they feel remorse? Or did they pretend to? Who had waved that white sheet as a sign of the city's surrender? If there was no truth in this story of the white sheet, who made it up, the Albanians or the Germans?"