First Edition of Ismail Kadare's The General of the Dead Army; Inscribed by Him
The General of the Dead Army.
Item Number: 20014
New York: Grossman, 1972.
First American edition of the author’s first book to be translated into English. Octavo, original cloth. Warmly inscribed by Kadare on the half-title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing. Ismail Kadare was the first recipient of the 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 of 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.