The Three-Arched Bridge by Ismail Kadare

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The year: 1377. The place: the Balkan peninsula. Here in Ismail Kadare's novel, The Three-Arched Bridge, an Albanian monk chronicles the events surrounding the construction of a bridge across a great river known as Ujana e Keqe, or "Wicked Waters." If successful in their endeavor, the bridge-builders will challenge a monopoly on water transportation known simply as "Boats and Rafts." The story itself parallels developments in modern-day Eastern Europe, with the bridge emblematic of a disintegrating economic and political order: just as mysterious cracks in the span's masonry endanger the structure and cast the local community into a morass of uncertainty, superstition, and murder, so the fast-changing conditions in the 14th-century Balkan peninsula threaten to overwhelm the stability of life there. Dark as the story itself is, Mr. Kadare's prose, skillfully translated from the Albanian by John Hodgson, is elegant, witty, and deft.And with so many twists and turns in its carefully constructed plot, this political parable keeps the reader's interest to the very end.
 

About Ismail Kadare

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Ismail Kadare is the most prominent of contemporary Albanian writers. He has written poetry, short stories, literary criticism, and seven novels. His works have been translated and published in more than two dozen countries. An internationally known figure, he has visited and lectured in many countries. He was also a representative to Albania's People's Assembly. In 1990 Kadare left Albania for Paris where he became openly dissident.
 
Published October 5, 2005 by Arcade Publishing. 192 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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If we knew what the future held, we might be less eager than President Clinton to build a bridge to it.

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If we knew what the future held, we might be less eager than President Clinton to build a bridge to it.

Feb 09 1997 | Read Full Review of The Three-Arched Bridge

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