The Accident

The Accident

eBook - 2011
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It seemed the most ordinary kind of incident. A taxi had veered off the airport autobahn at kilometre marker 17. Its two passengers were killed outright, and the driver, seriously injured, was taken to hospital unconscious. It seemed the most ordinary kind of incident. A taxi had veered off the airport autobahn at kilometre marker 17. Its two passengers were killed outright, and the driver, seriously injured, was taken to hospital unconscious.
Publisher: Toronto : Bond Street Books, 2011.
ISBN: 9780385670869
0385670869
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC RESOURCE
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: Hodgson, John 1951-

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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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