The Doll

By Ismail Kadare

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At the centre of young Ismail’s world is the unknowable figure of his mother. Delicate as a paper doll, she is an unlikely presence in her husband’s great stone house, with its hidden rooms and infamous dungeon, and is constantly at odds with her wise and thin-lipped mother-in-law. But despite her lightness and unchanging youthful nature, she is not without her own enigmas.Most of all, she fears that her intellectual son – who uses words she doesn’t understand, publishes radical poetry, falls in love freely and seems to be renouncing everything she embodies of the old world – will have to exchange her for a superior mother when he becomes a famous writer. Dedicated to the memory of his mother and circling back to his childhood in Albania, ‘The Doll’ is Ismail Kadare’s delicate and disarming tale of home and creative longing, of writerly aspiration, and of personal and political freedom.

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‘A fascinating study of a difficult love’ John Burnside, Guardian

Young Ismail’s world centres around his mother.

Naïve and fragile as a paper doll, she is an unlikely presence in her husband’s imposing house, with its hidden rooms and infamous dungeon. Yet despite her youthful nature, she is not without her own enigmas. Most of all, she fears that her intellectual, radical son will exchange her for a superior mother when he becomes a famous writer.

From the winner of the first ever Man Booker International Prize, this is a disarming story of home and creative ambition, of personal and political freedom. Rooted in the author’s own childhood in Albania, it is dedicated to the memory of his mother.

‘Laconic, sinister and drily funny’ Spectator

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Weight 0.146 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.1 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

166

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

891.9913 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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The Doll

£8.99

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