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At the heart of the Ottoman Empire in the main suare of Constantinople a niche is carved into ancient stone Here the sultan displays the severed heads of his adversaries People flock to see the latest head and gossip about the state of the empire the province of Albania is demanding independen. The head was establishing its rapport with the crowd Its glassy eyes sought human eyes Death hung in the air transparently visible As the cold tightened its grip the spectators felt drawn closer to the frontier of death almost touching it In a few moments the crowd and death would congeal in a waxen translucent unity Black Ali Pasha of Albania has decided at the age of 82 to rebel against the Sultan in Constantinople It is not readily clear if he has a death wish or at least that he wants to have a brief moment of perceived freedom before his head is separated from his body He knows The Sultan knows Everyone knows he won t win The Sultan sends his soldiers to Albania carrying their menacing black scarecrows striking terror on the level of stormtroopers or the Waffen SSThe traitor s niche in the Cannon Gate awaits Black Ali s head At the Traitor s Niche there is a man by the name of Abdulla who is assigned the task of watching over the Niche He examines the heads twice a day to make sure they are not deteriorating If anything goes awry with one of the heads it will be his head He has recently married and is having trouble He felt betrayed His body was slowly failing about to give up But the brunt of his anger was directed towards what had previously been his greatest joy his cock He could not forgive it When he was not with his bride when he was in the street or the cafe or even at the site of his sacred duty it would unexpectedly swell and be ready for any exploit but when he was with his wife it became flabby shrank and retreated like a puppy faced with a tiger And so he cursed it for its treachery Before the heads reach Abdulla they have to be fetched from sometimes the far reaches of the empire The odious Tundj Hata is the man for that job It is a nasty assignment which most people would do because they have no choice but Hata loves it In fact you might even say he relishes it He is pale with a henna stained beard So what does a man like this dream about as he is riding in a carriage with a snow wrapped head from Albania His brain resembled some clinging creature with the inner luminescence of a glow worm whose slime smeared the domes of mosues and mausoleums banknotes and the wombs of women awaiting insemination ShiverThere is a great emphasis on dreams in the Turkish empire and soldiers on the march are reuired to turn in their dreams for analysis so the dream interpreters can sift through their muddled thoughts in search of omens of the near future The Palace of Dreams back in Constantinople reuires dreams from the citizens as well It sort of reminds me of Roman priests looking at the entrails of a fatted calf to determine if the auguries are favorable The empire also has a system to bring a conuered country fully under their control There are five principal stagesA physical crushing of the rebellionThe extirpation of any idea of rebellionThe destruction of culture art and traditionThe eradication or impoverishment of the languageThe extinction or enfeeblement of the national memoryIsmail Kadare takes us into the minds of Black Ali Pasha his 22 year old bride Hurshid Pasha the conueror of Albania Abdulla the keeper of the heads and Tundj Hata the fetcher of the heads and by doing so gives us a complete picture of a brutal world at the height of Turkish conuest I remember having a similar experience when I read his book The Siege I was completely submerged in the minds of the principle characters This access bloomed the ramifications of the events of the story into a grand epic of images Kadare writes these thoughtful stark passages and every sentence is so finely honed that it makes me wonder how much better it would be in his native Albanian Another wonderful adventure with Kadare with extra bonus points for a cameo by Lord Byron himself If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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Kamarja e turpit

The spectacle of death The head of the rebellious Albanian governor would fetch a very high priceThe Traitor’s Niche is a surreal tale of rebellion and tyranny in a land where armies carry scarecrows state officials ban entire languages and the act of forgetting is complicated than rememberi. Fascinating mesmerizing surreal novel that held my interest every page The author has returned to the main theme of most of his oeuvre struggles of his native Albania against an oppressive power This time the novel is set in the post Napoleonic years and those of Greece for her independence 1820s In this case the novel is an allegory with the Ottoman Empire representing the brutal Albanian dictatorship of Enver Hoxha It is the story of several men and their fates Abdulla the Keeper of the Heads Dulla was a nickname of Enver Hoxha the three Pashas who have run afoul of the government in some way and have been beheaded Ali by rebelling Bugrahan by losing battles to Ali Hurshid who wins the war but becomes too popular for his own good and Hata the courier who delivers each head to the sultan after exhibiting it to villagers along the way The author describes Caw Caw the complete obliteration of an entire people s culture customs and language and of Psst Psst the secret police investigating rumors All in all a chilling indictment of tyranny 455Highly recommended and just as current today as when it was first written in 1984

Ismail Kadare ✓ 8 Summary

Ce again and the niche awaits a new trophyTundj Hata the imperial courier is charged with transporting heads to the capital – a task he relishes and performs with fervour But as he travels through obscure and impoverished territories he makes money from illicit side shows offering villagers. Traitor s Niche is a place where heads of traitors were displayed for public to see and know what happens when they uestion authority in Ottoman empire The idea of characters being constantly made face to face with a dead face and thoughts that might occur to him might have been interesting But it actually turned out to be most boring book I have read out of international booker lists so far I don t know how it ever got listed The narrative isnt stimulating and there isn t much of a plot either


10 thoughts on “Kamarja e turpit

  1. says:

    ”The head was establishing its rapport with the crowd Its glassy eyes sought human eyes Death hung in the air transparently visible As the cold tightened its grip the spectators felt drawn closer to the frontier of death almost touching it In a few moments the crowd and death would congeal in a waxen translucent unity”Black Al

  2. says:

    Ismail Kadare’s The Traitor’s Niche opens in the capital of the Ottoman Empire Constantinople in a public suare where tourists

  3. says:

    The unblinking eyes met the stares of the passersby and tourists who poured into the suare from all directions The tourists’ own gaze like that of all moving crowds was mild and unfocused but people’s eyes sudd

  4. says:

    Never has a story with so many severed heads contained so little violence Or dread It's the normality of things I guess the dissolution of the horrid that is what is brilliant in itselfI've never read an Albanian novel before but Ismail Kadare's style seems a bit style less repetitive not as Western ready as I had predicted for instance there is no plot to speak of That there is a public place that reuires a traitors head to satiate the p

  5. says:

    Traitor's Niche is a place where heads of traitors were displayed for public to see and know what happens when they uestion authority in Ottoman empire The idea of characters being constantly made face to face with a dead face and thoughts that might occur to him might have been interesting But it actually turned out to be most boring book I

  6. says:

    I did not expect to really enjoy a book about a niche in a wall in Constantinople where the heads of traitors are put on display and carefully tended Also surprising is that this book was written 40 years ago because it feels very current Unfor

  7. says:

    Just as they say that new heavenly bodies are fashioned from old cosmic dust so the new world of Albania was to be formed from the dust of the old Ottoman universe from that constellation of terrors and crimes postprandial poisonings night time assassinations monks holding lanterns in the rain dervishes with knives and m

  8. says:

    Fascinating mesmerizing surreal novel that held my interest every page The author has returned to the main theme of most of his oeuvre

  9. says:

    It's not often that the main characters in a novel consist of three headsIn this Kadare novel he gives us early 1800s and yet another attempt of forming an independent Albanian nation The first Ottoman Vizier sent to put the Albanians in their place fails to do so and loses his head The second Vizier wins and sends his Albanian foe's head back to Constantinople But he becomes too popular and so his death is ordered but

  10. says:

    A story of two men and three heads Plus a few other thingsOne man looks after the heads after they have been put on display in the titular Traitor's Niche The other man collects the heads from wherever they were