The Ghost Rider

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A classic medieval mystery from the winner of the inaugural Man Booker International Prize, a writer in the class of Atwood, Coetzee, Marquez, and Rushdie

 

An old woman is awoken in the dead of night by knocks at her front door. The woman opens it to find her daughter, Doruntine, standing there alone in the darkness. She has been brought home from a distant land by a mysterious rider she claims is her brother Konstandin. But unbeknownst to her, Konstandin has been dead for...

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Overview

A classic medieval mystery from the winner of the inaugural Man Booker International Prize, a writer in the class of Atwood, Coetzee, Marquez, and Rushdie

 

An old woman is awoken in the dead of night by knocks at her front door. The woman opens it to find her daughter, Doruntine, standing there alone in the darkness. She has been brought home from a distant land by a mysterious rider she claims is her brother Konstandin. But unbeknownst to her, Konstandin has been dead for years. What follows is chain of events which plunges a medieval village into fear and mistrust. Who is the ghost rider?

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Man Booker International Prize–winner Kadare (Broken April) takes an ancient Albanian tale, "The Ballad of Constantine and Doruntine," as the starting point for this compelling if enigmatic novel set in medieval Albania. The deaths of the nine Vranaj brothers, all soldiers, many felled by a plague carried by their battlefield adversaries, have devastated a small Albanian community. Their mother's loss is only compounded by the absence at the time of her daughter, Doruntine, who was married three years earlier and moved far away from home. When Doruntine suddenly appears at her mother's door, claiming that one of her brothers, Kostandin, was her traveling companion, the news that Kostandin has been dead for years sends both mother and daughter to their deathbeds, leaving the local police captain to try to explain the inexplicable. Kadare excels at depicting the ever-expanding repercussions of what could have been a tragedy limited just to the Vranaj family. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847673411
  • Publisher: Canongate UK
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ismail Kadare is Albania's best-known poet and novelist, and translations of his novels have appeared in more than 40 countries. In 2005 he was awarded the inaugural Man Booker International Prize for "a body of work written by an author who has had a truly global impact," and he has been a Nobel Prize in Literature candidate several times. His books include Broken April, Chronicle in StoneThe Siege, and The Successor, which was listed as a New York Times Notable Book. David Bellos, the director of the program in Translation at Princeton University, is also the translator of Georges Perec’s Life A User’s Manual and a winner of the Goncourt Prize for biography. He has translated seven of Ismail Kadare's novels, and in 2005 was awarded the Translator's Prize awarded as part of the Man Booker International Prize for his translations of Kadare's work.

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  • Posted February 20, 2013

    I just get chills from reading the title and summary. This a sto

    I just get chills from reading the title and summary. This a story that has come forward from generation to generation. To this day, if I recall  Doruntina, I turn my  head hoping to get a glimpse at  Kostandin. If you enjoy a good mystery and an absolute unforgatable story this is it..

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