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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See ismaul Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Accident by Ismail Kadare. The Accident by Ismail Kadare. From Man Booker International Prize winner Ismqil 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 m From Man Booker International Prize winner Ismail Kadare comes a dizzying psychological thriller of twisted passions, dual identities, and political subterfuge.

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 iskail 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. Hardcoverpages. Published November 2nd by Grove Press first published Angelus Nominee for Shortlist To see aksidetni your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Jul 02, Fionnuala added it Usmail Though my copy was in English, and seemed well translated, it was still very difficult to follow his oblique approach to the events he was writing about.

There seemed to be layers and layers of meaning beneath the main characters’ every utterance, and by the end, I was as frustrated as the unnamed investigator who was seeking to piece their story together. Everything seemed to revolve around the loaded meaning of such terms as tyrant, slave, queen, subject, dominator, liberator. I know that writers from regimes governed by dictators have an understandable tendancy to write in code, Herta Muller is one aksixenti springs to mind, but perhaps their kxdare are easier to figure out if the reader shares a similar history.

An aspect of this novel that I enjoyed very much was the very original structure.

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The first part described the known facts of the aksdenti event, police accounts, witness statements, bits and pieces of documentary evidence like hotel bills and flight receipts, conversations recalled by friends and contacts. The second part was an imagined reconstruction of the last forty weeks in the lives of the main characters by a researcher who has become intrigued by the event. The last part involves the same researcher carrying out some further investigations as a result of new insights he has gained from his imagined recounting of their last forty weeks.

And yes, like everything else in this book, forty weeks has certain significance in Balkan mythology but don’t ask me what it is View all 8 comments.

Jul 19, Adam rated it liked it Shelves: I found this book aksideenti and, at times, difficult to follow. But, maybe the author intended this. The story is set long after the end of Communist rule in Albania.


It concerns the extremely thorough investigation of an automobile accident that occurred 17 Km outside of Vienna.

The car, a taxi containing two passengers and its driver, is thrown off the road. No other vehicles are involved. So far, this much is a certainty in this novel by Albania’s leading novelist Ismail Ka I found this book confusing and, at times, difficult to follow.

The rest is far from certain. For much of the book, it appears as if the two passengers, who are found dead by the roadside, are Besfort Y and his lady friend Rovena St. As Besfort Y is of importance to the Albanians, an Albanian investigator doggedly tries to reconstruct the events leading up to the accident. With a series of unreliable witnesses, including the taxi driver, he descends into a black hole of confusion and confounding. This does not make for easy reading, but I suspect it gives the reader a good insight into the tortuous thought processes that were needed to survive the oppressive regime that was inspired by Albania’s long serving dictator Enver Hoxha.

In doing this, the novel is extremely successful, but it certainly addled my brain, especially late at night when I read most of it!

This is a book and should appeal to those who enjoy philosophy. View all 3 comments. Straightforward prose to describe amongst other things obsession, obsession for other, for posession of other, obsession for a puzzle to be solved, knowledge, secrets etc. Subtle symbolic approaches, and as one blurb review says, elements of fabulism, and pushes at the boundaries a little and thus to great effect of the compact between author and reader.

Kundera-like in its man v.

Contained the best two sentences I have read all year so far, exquisite metaphor Straightforward prose to describe amongst other things obsession, obsession kadage other, for posession of other, obsession for is,ail puzzle to be solved, knowledge, secrets etc. Contained the best two sentences I have read usmail year so far, exquisite metaphor the more powerful for being understated and unshowy.

Not your usual carcrash lit. View all 5 comments. I really aksiddnti Kadare’s books even though they mystify me. I like the challenge of reading something that’s not straightforward, especially since the stories are set in a part of the world I don’t know much about. To see my review please visit http: Feb 23, Artan Ramadani rated it it was amazing. Liber qe tban konfuz shume, po tmban t’lidhur me ta dej n’fund.

Pyetja se qka ndodhi ne t’vertete, a ishte thjeshte aksident apo izmail vrasje, nuk kwdare ndahet lexuesit asnjehere. E me ane t’rreshtave magjike t’Kadarese, dalngadale shpaloset historia e dashurise e dy protagonisteve, qe nuk dalin t’jene bash bardhe e zi, mirepo perkudrazi, kane shume e shume gjera misterioze rreth tyre.

E krejt ky rrefim, me kapercime n’kohe, qe e bajne librin me u dok sikur film i Christopher Nolanit. Nov 05, Emma rated it it was ok Shelves: I didn’t really get this at all. Not sure if something was lost in translation, but I still have no idea what happened.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Vienna, primi anni del nuovo millennio. Il giorno 17 ottobre, al km 17 di una strada che porta kacare un taxi finisce fuori strada: L’autista, imsail ferito, ma vivo, racconta che nell’attimo in cui l’auto stava abbandonando la carreggiata ha visto nello specchietto i due cercare, forse senza riuscirci, di baciarsi.

Dopo diverso tempo, la maggior parte degli inquirenti getta la spugna. Solo uno di loro decide, sulla base del controverso e incoerente materiale raccolto, di raccontare la storia dei due. Non si comprende quale ruolo abbia Bessfort nello scacchiere politico europeo. Capitoli e paragrafi iniziano senza che si capisca dove ci troviamo — se in un luogo reale o nella mente di qualcuno – o quali personaggi sono sulla scena qui ricorda un po’ Michael Ondaatje.


La cronologia si frammenta e gli eventi si intrecciano violando il normale ordine temporale. Se la parte centrale funziona meno, il prologo e l’epilogo sono molto meglio costruiti e hanno il pregio di affascinare il lettore che non cerchi risposte kaare e una narrazione ordinaria. Inframmezzati alla storia di Bessfort e Rovena ci sono numerosi riferimenti alla storia albanese ed europa, dalla dittatura di Hoxha, al difficile passaggio alla democrazia, fino alla guerra del Kosovo Alcune suggestioni provenienti da Shakespeare e Cervantes testimoniano l’aria di tragedia che si respira in Europa a seguito dei conflitti balcanici posteriori alla fine del Secolo breve.

Che L’incidente sia un romanzo politico celato sotto un dramma psicologico di taglio sentimentale-erotico? Consigliato agli scettici kadaer. Sconsigliato a chi tiene accese le lampade anche a giorno fatto.

The Accident

Mar 04, Ellen rated it liked it Shelves: Ismail Kadare’s The Accident is a brief novel that explores, sometimes obliquely, the ways stories are told, how relationships develop and shift over time, and the life of Albanians following the collapse of Communism. The story centers on the aksirenti of izmail title, which is detailed in the first of the novel’s three sections.

A man and a woman leave a hotel kdaare get into a taxi for the airport. Something happens — something distracts the driver — and he goes off the road. The man and woman are s Ismail Kadare’s The Accident is a brief novel that explores, sometimes obliquely, the ways stories kadard told, how relationships develop and iadare over time, and the life of Albanians following the collapse of Communism. The man and woman are seen in the air, sometimes clinging to one another, sometimes seperate.

The driver survives, but is unable to describe what he saw that caused the accident, other than to say, time and again, that just before the accident the man and woman tried to kiss. Three months later, the archivist could not hide his astonishment when the governments of two Balkan countries, one after another, asked to inspect the file on the accident at kilometre marker How could the states of this quarrelsome peninsula, after committing every possible abomination known to this world — murdering, bombing, setting entire populations at each other’s throats and then deporting them — find the time, now that the madness was over, instead of making reparations, to enter into such minor matters as unusual car accidents?

Kadare’s prose here is marked by its opaqueness. When one researcher — the one who provides us much of the lovers’ story, kwdare he can imagine it from kadqre their letters, speaking to friends, piecing together their movements over the years — details their affair, the language of it is often combative, not so dissimilar from the language of war.

Much as the novel centers on and spins off of the central event of their accident, the lives of the lovers Besfort Y. The rattling of the chains dragging the dictator’s statue through the centre of Tirana kept interrupting her thoughts.

It was this sound, louder than any earthquake, that divided past from present. Everything that had once been impossible had suddenly become real, iadare as his invitation over dinner, a week after they had met, to a three-day conference in a Central European city. As the researcher reconstructs their relationship, Besfort Y.