by Ismail Kadare - £9.99 Canongate Books Ltd (2013)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780857860125 | ISBN 10: 0857860127
Shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2013.
In September 1943, Nazi troops advance on the ancient gates of Gjirokastėr, Albania. The very next day, the Germans vanish without a trace. As the townsfolk wonder if they might have dreamt the events of the previous night, rumours circulate of a childhood friendship between a local dignitary and the invading Nazi Colonel, a reunion in the town square and a fateful dinner party that would transform twentieth-century Europe.
A captivating novel of resistance in a dictatorship, and steeped in Albanian folklore, The Fall of the Stone City shows Kadare at the height of his powers.
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