"Kadare's most daring novel, one of the most complete visions of totalitarianism ever committed to paper" (Vanity Fair
"If there is a book worth banning in a dictatorship, this is it" (Guardian
"Kadare's delicately misted view of another world (as much internal as totalitarian) lives up to the splendour of his title" (Independent on Sunday
"Inexorably takes your breath away" (Herald
A novel which arose from the author's ambition to invent a hell of his own, Kadare's macabre vision of tyranny and oppression was banned immediately when it first appeared in Albania in 1981.