The Accident

The Accident

A Novel

Book - 2010
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A tale set against a backdrop of the Balkans war follows a fatal Autobahn accident in Vienna that triggers an investigation into the dual identities of two mysterious victims, a pair of young lovers who engaged in an illusory affair marked by political subterfuge.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [2010], ©2010
ISBN: 9780802129956
0802129951
Branch Call Number: FICTION Kad
Characteristics: 265 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Hodgson, John

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Pisinga
Oct 03, 2017

Confusing, there is not clear sequence in action, strange composition, mystery, to which there is no specific answer. But, apparently, it is in this, so to speak, in ambiguity, is the attractiveness of this work. I really liked it. It seems to me that in order to understand more the author's idea, it is necessary to know more deeply the history of the Balkans, first of all, of Albania, with its legends and folklore. The book reminded me of the movie “Nine weeks and a half”

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jbeckber
Aug 11, 2012

This book was recommended as one of he best books from 2011 by the Toronto Star. I found it completely beyond me. Too literary, I didn't know what they were talking about most of the time or otherwise felt I missed the point. Just did not resonate at all with me.

debwalker May 30, 2011

"Among Eastern European writers, Ismail Kadare has a reputation for writing books of an especially dark nature. As an Albanian, the veteran novelist has been witness to both his own nation’s agony under the wonky totalitarianism of Enver Hoxha, and the crisis that enveloped the Balkans in the 1990s. Out of such life experiences are dark preoccupations naturally made.

The Accident, Kadare’s 17th book to be translated into English, is a formidable puzzle. An Albanian couple living in Vienna are killed when their taxi overturns. The driver survives, but can explain only that the crash occurred after he glanced in his rear-view mirror. What he saw upset him so much he lost control of the wheel.

How The Accident is told, a kind of slow reveal mixed with a purposeful ambiguity, does the most justice to his concerns. The structure of the book, in effect, is its meaning, a nifty literary dissolve between content and form."
Charles Foran
Globe and Mail

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