The Accident

Ismail Kadare

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From the International Man Booker winner - a fever dream of a novel where love, jealousy and obsession collide

Why did the taxi crash on the autobahn in Vienna?

Who exactly were Besfort Y and Rovena, the mysterious couple who died after being flung from the back seat?

How was Besfort connected to the war in the Balkans? And why was his affair with Rovena clouded in jealousy and mistrust?

Who wanted them dead?

This is the story of the last forty weeks of their lives - a fever dream where love and obsession collide.

“One of the most important voices in literature today.”

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“His fiction offers invaluable insights into life under tyranny - his historical allegories point both to the grand themes and small details that make up life in a restrictive environment. He is a great writer, by any nation’s standards.”
financial Times

“A master storyteller.”
John Carey

“One of the great writers of our time.”

“Ismail Kadare is 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

Ismail Kadare

Born in 1936, Ismail Kadare is Albania’s best-known poet and novelist. Translations of his novels have appeared in more than forty countries. In 2005 he was awarded the first Man Booker International Prize for ‘a body of work written by an author who has had a truly global impact’. He is the recipient of the highly prestigious 2009 Principe de Asturias de las Letras in Spain.