From the book jacket:
Albania: the waning years of Communism. The
narrator, working for the state-controlled media agency, has taken as his lover
Suzana, the daughter of a high-ranking government official, rumored to be soon
appointed the dictators successor. Suzanas father has forced her to end the
affair, which could damage, if not ruin, his career. Still, the young man has
received an invitation to attend the May First Parade on the Party platform: an
enviable privilege. While the usual ceremony of the regimes self-glorification
unfolds, our narrator suddenly seesbetween the flags, the propaganda streamers,
and portraits of the countrys leadersthe ghostly image of Agamemnon, the
terrifying general of the ancient Greeks. A hallucination or just his
imagination? Instinctively he senses that his "sin" of loving will result...
Beyond the Book
A Short History of Albania
Today, Albania is a country slightly smaller than the USA State of Maryland
with a population of about 3.5 million. It is bordered by Montenegro,
Serbia, Macedonia, Greece and the Adriatic Sea. Albanian is spoken by about 6
million people living in Albania, Kosovo and the Republic of Macedonia.
It is believed by most that Albanians are direct descendants of an Illyrian
tribe named "Albanoi". The Illyrians were Indo-European tribesman who
populated the Balkan Peninsula around 1000 BC (Bronze Age/early Iron Age).
The area fell under Roman control in 165 BC, and Christianity arrived in the
first century AD (Paul preached in Illyricum). Following the fall of the
Roman Empire the area was invaded...