“One of Europe’s most consistently interesting and powerful contemporary novelists, a writer whose stark, memorable prose imprints itself on the reader’s consciousness.” —Los Angeles Times

“[Kadare’s] fiction offers invaluable insights into life under tyranny. . . . A great writer by any nation’s standards.” —Financial Times

“One of the great writers of our time.” —The Scotsman

“Kadare’s political courage made him a hero; his sense of irony and his powerful command of narrative are what make him a writer.” —The Boston Globe