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The Siege by Ismail Kadare
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May 16, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction

I imagine it is difficult to write about sieges since they are mostly boredom sometimes alternating with brief periods of horrific violence. Kadare manages to make the story compelling perhaps because of the feeling of anxiety and uncertainty that hangs over each character but all for differing reasons--you want to see how events proceed for them. Kadare shows his unsurprising bias in favor of the Albanians yet manages to show great pity for the Muslim soldiers who die at their leaders' whim. He also shows how no one's power was secure--everyone, no matter how powerful, feels the wolves bay.

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