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A Pirâmide

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  551 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
Ismail Kadaré narra, neste romance, a saga da construção da maior de todas as pirâmides: a do faraó Quéops. Carregando uma maldição em cada uma de suas pedras, esse monumento é, ele mesmo, uma parábola sobre o poder e a morte. A pirâmide é um símbolo paradoxal: representa o poder absoluto do faraó, mas é também o seu túmulo. Espalha a morte, esmagando os que carregam suas ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published July 4th 2000 by Companhia das Letras (first published 1992)
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Tamara Agha-Jaffar
The counselors and High Priest gasped. The Pharaoh Cheop’s had just announced his intention to deviate from tradition by refusing to have a pyramid erected in his honor. His announcement sent his counselors in a panicked frenzy to research the issue. They finally found their answer. The pyramid, they told Cheops, serves multiple purposes. It is not just the future burial site of the Pharaoh. It also serves to keep the multitudes under control through oppression and forced labor. Give them busy w ...more
Paul A.
There is no doubt that Kadare deserves to be a perennial nominee for the Nobel Prize for literature. The Pyramid is ostensibly about Young Pharaoh Cheops and his decree to build the greatest pyramid in the world (which is known to us as the The Great Pyramid of Giza), but it’s really about brutal regime of Enver Hoxha in Albania. The novel is really a parable about totalitarianism, an allegory of tyranny.

The construction of Cheops’ pyramid terrorizes Egypt. As the novel’s dust jacket says, the p
“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
Sep 07, 2011 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
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
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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...
Joni Baboci
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
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's sad when the initial interest dies fast.
The beginning was so good and intriguing that I forced myself to keep on reading when it started getting dull; thinking that it will get better. But NOPE ... it just got more boring by the page.
The idea was amazing but the execution wasn't great.
I did love reading about the background of this novella and learning bout Enver Hoxha. That's why I'm giving it 2 stars.
I think I should try the author's other novels ~
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
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lukasz Pruski
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
Jose Carlos
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es simple: toda la novela de La pirámide es una metáfora.

Es complejo: ¿cuál o cuáles son los objetos que refleja la imagen metafórica?

La pirámide es un ejemplo del Estado totalitario, de las dictaduras, de los elementos represivos del poder, de las ideologías ultras, pero también es una recreación del culto a la personalidad, de los líderes políticos mesiánicos al estilo de Stalin, de la evolución del comunismo en el siglo XX, en la misma Albania.

Egipto, el faraón Keops y la construcción, se pue
Jan 20, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This very loosely structured novel, seemed more of a treatise on misery than a story. It begins with Cheops, pharoah responsible for the Great Pyramid, declaring to his advisors, priests and magicians that he really doesn't want a pyramid built. In a panic, they embark on a study of why pyramids were ever built in the first place and discover it was not the afterlife they were seeking but a way to enslave the people of Egypt keeping them busy and exhausted rather than prosperous and possibly dan ...more
Never thought I would ever get bored by reading a book written on the pyramids (Egyptian pyramids/Timur's pyramids of human skulls). Think I have become more demanding after reading the "Ancient Egypt" series by Wilbur Smith. So I won't rate this book. But I really did not enjoy or feel excited even for a single moment while reading.
Dec 04, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sorin Hadârcă
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kadare
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?
নাফিস অলি
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
Doug Wells
I had high hopes for this book, but in the end, I found it dull and uninteresting. Moments of good writing surrounded by meh
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brings the Pyramids to chilling life, death and resurrection. Wow.
A parable of central planning set in ancient Egypt. The pharoah wants to construct the greatest pyramid of them all. The books presents the impact of both the idea of the pyramid and its construction over time. The egyptian people suffer in servitude. They endure harsh conditions and manufactured political inqusitions. The end goal being the completion of the pyramid.

The pyramid is the main character. The egyptian people and the pyramid are mirrors of each other. The stages of construction link
Indri Juwono

“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
mahatma anto
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
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
Azzam Izzatal
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 26, 2011 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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Oct 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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
Sep 15, 2015 marked it as to-keep-ref  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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“The pyramid is the pillar that holds power aloft. If it wavers,everything collapses.” 0 likes
“in the first place, Majesty, a pyramid is power. It is repression,force,and wealth. But it is just as much: domination of the rabble; the narrowing of its mind; the weakening of its will; monotony; and waste. O my Pharaoh, it is your most reliable guardian. Your secret police. Your army. Your fleet. Your harem. The higher it is, the tinier your subjects will seem. And the smaller your subjects, the more you rise, o Majesty, to your full height.” 0 likes
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