Inscribed by Ismail Kadare
The General of the Dead Army.
London: W. H. Allen, 1971. First Edition of the author's first book to be translated into English. Octavo, original cloth. Warmly inscribed by Kadare on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Kadare was the first recipient of the first Man Booker International Award; beating out several Nobel Laureates.
The General of the Dead Army ponders the futility of war as it follows an Italian general and a priest who seek the remains a fallen comrade. It received many positive reviews: "Mr. Kadare advances wryly and dryly into the darkness…[he] doesn't do messages; he brings them to lethal life" (New York Times). And the Boston Globe called it "a powerful and poignant Albanian novel." The novel has also been entered into the Parisian magazine Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century, and twenty years after its publication by Sh.B. Naim Frashëri in 1963 it was adapted into an Italian drama film directed by Luciano Tovoli.