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A Girl in Exile: Requiem for Linda B.

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ON SALE: January 9, 2018 | Hardcover | 5.5x8.25, 192 | ISBN 9781619029163

Winner of an English PEN award, Kadare’s depiction of the reach of the authoritarian state is executed with an elegant combination of horror, other-worldliness, absurdity, and indignation

A Girl in Exile, first published in Albanian in 2009, is set among the bureaucratic machinery of Albania’s 1945-1991 dictatorship. While waiting to hear whether his newest play will be approved for production, playwright Rudian Stefa is called in for questioning by the Party Committee. A girl—Linda B.—has been found dead, with a signed copy of his latest book in her possession.

He soon learns that Linda’s family, considered suspect, was exiled to a small town far from the capital, and that she committed suicide. Under the influence of a paranoid regime, Rudian finds himself swept along on a surreal quest to discover what really happened to Linda B. Through layers of intrigue, her story gradually unfolds: how she loved Rudian from a distance, and the risks she was prepared to take so that she could get close to him. He becomes captivated by her story, and disturbed at how he might be culpable for her fate.

A Girl in Exile is a stunning, deeply affecting portrait of life and love under surveillance, infused with myth, wry humour, and the chilling absurdity of a paranoid regime.

ISMAIL KADARE is Albania’s best-known novelist and poet. Translations of his novels have appeared in more than forty countries. He was awarded the inaugural Man Booker International Prize in 2005, and the Jerusalem Prize in 2015.

JOHN HODGSON studied at Cambridge and Newcastle and has taught at the universities of Prishtina and Tirana. This is the fourth novel by Ismail Kadare that he has translated.

Praise

Praise for A Girl in Exile

“Powerful, empathetic, at times harrowing… executed with an elegant combination of horror, absurdity, indignation, and other-worldliness… A chilling, humane and strangely beautiful work.” —Independent

“[Kadare] captures the paranoid nature of life under constant surveillance…and produces an ironic masterpiece.” —Daily Mail

“Filled with striking images and conceits… a powerful Kafkaesque charge… Kadare’s imaginative intelligence ensures that it is chilling and intriguing.” —Theo Tait, Sunday Times

“A compelling amalgam of realism, dreaminess and elegiac, white-hot fury. Kadare communicates with awful immediacy the nature of tyranny and the accommodations that those subject to it must make – as Kadare himself had to do.” —John Banville, Financial Times

“The literature Kadare has produced in the face of obstacles lesser writers would find insuperable, is, genuinely, of world significance… Invites comparison with Milan Kundera’s recent satire on Stalinism, The Festival of Insignificance. Both writers are favourites, year-in, year-out for the Nobel prize. Kadare will not damage his prospects with A Girl in Exile.” —John Sutherland, The Times

“Coolly ironic writing, which traverses ominous themes of censorship and state control… Kadare masterfully conjures an atmosphere of paranoia… This powerful novel is a monument.” —Francesca Wade, Daily Telegraph

“Melodrama, tragedy and myth illuminate the relationship between individual and state in a fine novel from the great Albanian writer.” —Guardian

Praise for Ismail Kadare

“Kadare’s fiction evades ideologies, escaping into richer realms of the past, or myth, folklore and dystopian fantasy.” —Spectator

“Ismail Kadare is this generation’s Kafka.” —Independent

“A Master storyteller.” —John Carey, author of The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life

“One of the world’s greatest living writers.” —Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of One Night in Winter 

“He has been compared to Gogol, Kafka, and Orwell. But Kadare’s is an original voice, universal yet deeply rooted in his own soil.” —Independent on Sunday

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