The Accident

By Kadare, Ismail

Publishers Summary:
From Man Booker International Prize winner Ismail Kadare comes a dizzying psychological thriller of twisted passions, dual identities, and political subterfuge. Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the war in the Balkans, The Accident closely documents an affair between two young lovers. On a rainy morning in Vienna, a taxi pulls onto the autobahn only to crash into the median barrier moments later, hurling its two passengers—a man and a woman—from the backseat as it spins through the air. The driver cannot explain why he lost control; he only says that the mysterious couple seemed to be about to kiss. As the investigation into their deaths deepens, a lonely researcher will uncover a mutually destructive relationship that blurs the line between fact and fiction, fear and desire, and love and fixation over the course of twelve years. An alluring mixture of vivid hallucination and cold reality, The Accident is a fever dream of a novel that marks a bold and fascinating departure from Kadare’s previous work.

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ISBN
978-0-80212-995-6
Publisher
Grove


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Reviewed on July 1, 2010

A number of new English translations of Kadare's novels have appeared in the five years since the Albanian master was awarded the Man Booker International Prize. Many of these (The Siege; Chronicle in Stone) are classic works from the 1970s and 1980s; this is a new novel, only two years removed from its first publication and translated directly from the Albanian rather than from existing French translations. Kadare presents a different, more contemporary Albania here, as ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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