"DEATH COMMANDS RESPECT”: FIRST EDITION OF THE GENERAL OF THE DEAD ARMY; INSCRIBED BY ISMAIL KADARE
The General of the Dead Army.
Item Number: 672
London: W. H. Allen, 1971.
First British edition of the author’s first book to be translated into English. Octavo, original cloth. Warmly inscribed by Ismail Kadare on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Val Biro. Translated by Derek Coltman from the French.
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. Kadare was the recipient of the first Man Booker International Award in 2005; beating out several Nobel Laureates.