The Siege, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


In the early fifteenth century, as winter falls away, the people of Albania know that their fate is sealed.

They have refused to negotiate with the Ottoman Empire, and war is now inevitable.

Soon enough dust kicked up by Turkish horses is spotted from a citadel.

Brightly coloured banners, hastily constructed minarets and tens of thousands of men fill the plain below.

From this moment on, the world is waiting to hear that the fortress has fallen. The Siege tells the enthralling story of the weeks and months that follow - of the exhilaration and despair of the battlefield, the constantly shifting strategies of war, and those whose lives are held in balance, from the Pasha himself to the technicians, artillerymen, astrologer, blind poet and harem of women that accompany him. Brilliantly vivid, as insightful as it is compelling, The Siege is an unforgettable account of the clash of two great civilisations.

As a portrait of war, it resonates across the centuries and confirms Ismail Kadare as one of our most significant writers.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: War & combat fiction
  • ISBN: 9781847671226



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It is an excellent story about a siege taking place in Albania in the 15s century. It's a war between Christians who were living in the castle and Muslims who tried to capture the castle. The most part of the story is from the view of the aggressors. In each chapter the focus was laid-out on a special group of them. The main characters are crossing their paths in each chapter, whereas other figures have got only an individually appearance. The view of the attacked ones is kept very short and always in front of a new chapter. The outcome of this war was surprisingly and is mainly based on natural forces.

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