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  • Published: 13 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446433492
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 176

The Three-Arched Bridge

A hard-hitting parable about the conflicts that have ravaged the Balkan states, by Albania’s most influential novelist.

When the construction of a bridge built to link the Balkans to Europe is repeatedly and mysteriously sabotaged, an old ballad starts making the rounds at local taverns. The bards sing of a legend – a woman immured in a castle wall to prevent it from falling. Some say the bridge is being damaged by local ferrymen, others blame the vengeful water spirits. But this is a town where terror and superstition reign and a solution must be reached. So it is decreed: a willing person must be plastered into the bridge…

  • Pub date: 13 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446433492
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 176

About the Author

Ismail Kadare

Ismail Kadare is Albania’s best-known novelist and poet. Translations of his novels have appeared in more than forty countries. He was awarded the inaugural Man Booker International Prize in 2005, and the Jerusalem Prize in 2015.

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Praise for The Three-Arched Bridge

“A vivid, macabre and wise novel”

New York Times

“His ability to spin eerie parables out of a little-known national history makes his books an addictive pleasure”

Jonathan Romney, Independent on Sunday

“A compelling investigation into language and myth, politics and power, by the renowned, infinitely talented Albanian novelist”


“[Kadare] is seemingly incapable of writing a book that fails to be interesting”

New York Times

“In Ismail Kadare's fictional worlds creation and destruction are entwined, and how he illuminates the human cost of their varied pairings is the source of his greatness as a writer”

Chicago Tribune

“Little in the modern canon is more locally remote from us than the writing of the Albanian novelist Ismail Kadare, and not much is more universal in its reach… Kadare, who lived under the dictator Enver Hoxha until moving to France, is a supreme fictional interpreter of the psychology and physiognomy of oppression”

New York Times

“A prolific and stylistically versatile author who has sought to explain his problematic country through massive political epics as well as in novellas that variously take shape as allegories, folk tales, magical autobiography or ancient Albanian history”


“Kadare and Andric share a sense of incisive imagery, all too relevant, in which a Balkan bridge links present and future, at the sacrifice of humanity”

Boston Globe

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