The Successor by Ismail Kadare
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A powerful political novel based on the sudden, mysterious death of the man who had been handpicked to succeed the hated Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha.Did he commit suicide or was he murdered? That is the burning question. The man who died by his own hand, or another+s, was Mehmet Shehu, the presumed heir to the ailing dictator, Enver Hoxha. So sure was the world that he was next in line, he was known as The Successor. And then, shortly before he was to assume power, he was found dead.THE SUCCESSOR is simultaneously a mystery novel, an historical novel-based on actual events and buttressed by the author+s private conversations with the son of the real-life Mehmet Shehu-and a psychological novel (How do you live when nothing is sure?). Vintage Kadare, THE SUCCESSOR seamlessly blends dream and reality, legendary past, and contemporary history.
 

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Published October 5, 2005 by Arcade Publishing. 216 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Recent Balkan history is reshaped with mordant wit in this wry 2003 parable--the 11th novel in English translation from the renowned Albanian author (The Pyramid, 1996, etc.).

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Ismail Kadare's novel is a whodunit tragicomedy about a Communist loyalist's mysterious death.

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In 1981, on a December night, the designated successor to Albania's tyrannical "Guide" died of a gunshot wound; the Albanian news reported it as a suicide, but rumors spoke of murder. T

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In this case, it has led to death, although it is not certain whether foul play should be suspected, whether the Successor has simply wearied of this mortal coil and organised his own shuffling off or else simply a case of natural causes - well, there is no place for natural causes in the life of...

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