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Agamemnon's Daughter

A Novella and Stories

by Ismail Kadare

Agamemnon's Daughter
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    Nov 2006, 240 pages

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The three tales (one novella & two short stories) collected here realize the theme of fear as an instrument of power with consummate art

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 dictator’s successor. Suzana’s 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 regime’s self-glorification unfolds, our narrator suddenly sees—between the flags, the propaganda streamers, and portraits of the country’s leaders—the 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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