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    # Novel《Bran-New + Hardcover Edition + Winner of The Man Brooke International Prize Fiction》Ismail Kadare - Twilight Of The Eastern Gods

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    This International Hardcover bestselling fiction is a bran-new book and the original new book is sold at usual price RM107.63. Now here Only at RM15. One of the earliest novels from Man Booker International Prize-winner Ismail Kadare, in English for the first time. Not a single Soviet novel contained anything like an exact description of Moscow. Even characters who lived there always remained in some unspecifiable street, as if they were frighthened of the city centre....they had eyes and ears only for the Kremlin and its bells. 1958. In a dorm room in Moscow, a young writer is woken by the sound of angry voices on the radio. Through the fog of a hangover he hears the news that a novel called Doctor Zhivago has earned its author the Nobel Prize. There is uproar. The author, Boris Pasternak, faces exile, the press hound him and demand that he refuse the award. A few days earlier the young writer found a copy of this book - could those simple pages really be so dangerous? Based on Ismail Kadare's own experience, this book is a fictionalised recreation of his time as a student at the prestigious Gorky Institute for World Literature- a strange 'Factory of the intellect' set up to produce a new generation of Socialist writets. With its drunken nights, uninspiring professors , specially selected students and enforced Socialist Realism his time at the Gorky institute brought Kadare to the brink of abandoning writing altogether. In English for the first time, Twilight of the Eastern Gods is a portrait of a city, a story of youthful disenchantment and a reminder of the incredible importance of the written word. This novel by the Albanian writer Ismail Kadare, and translated by David Bellos, draws heavily on two years that he spent at the Gorky Institute for World Literature in Moscow from 1958. Albania was a client state of the USSR but Kadare’s stay in Moscow fell during the Khrushchev era, at a time when Albania was distancing itself from its protector; its leader, Enver Hoxha, disapproved of Khrushchev’s liberal reforms. The book focuses on the “treacherous drabness” of the student halls at the Institute, full of writers being groomed to write literature that glorifies communism but who are also paranoid and disaffected. The experience sharpened Kadare’s dissident views – which he was forced to hide deep within metaphors and legends. Here, the legend of Kostandini and Doruntina, which embodies the Albanian belief in keeping your word even after death, is explored and played out on Moscow’s gloomy streets. While the state smear campaign against Boris Pasternak (after he won the Nobel prize for literature) rumbles on, the book springs to life most vividly when the narrator is with a girl. His sexual desire shines brightly against the dull torpor of the cold war. About the Author Born in 1936, Ismail Kadare is Albania's best-known poet and novelist. Translations of his novels have appeared in more than forty countries. In 2005 he was awarded the first Man Booker International Prize for 'a body of work written by an author who has had a truly global impact'. He is the recipient of the highly prestigious 2009 Principe de Asturias de las Letras in Spain. David Bellos is director of the Program in Translation at Princeton University and the author of Is That A Fish in Your Ear? The Amazing Adventure of Translation. He won the French-American Foundation's Translation Prize for his version of Georges Perec's Life A User's Manual, and the Goncourt Prize for Biography for Georges Perec. A Life in Words. He has translated seven of Ismail Kadare's novels as well as works by Romain Gary, Georges Simenon, Daniel Anselme and Georges Perec.

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