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 in his ...
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