The Successor, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


The Designated Successor was found dead in his bedroom at dawn on December 14.

Did he kill himself or was he murdered? This question slices through Ismail Kadare's masterful psychological thriller.

As the state insists that the future leader died by his own hand, the rest of the world begins to have doubts.

As the tension builds and rumours escalate, Kadare draws us into a nightmarish world controlled by rules no one understands, blending dream and reality to produce a mystery and a thriller that seduces and surprises up to the last page.




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Interesting novel based on the suicide/murder of the Albanian no 2 leader Mehmet Shehu (the Successor) in 1981, almost certainly at the instigation of the dictator Enver Hoxha (the Guide). It conveys the atmosphere of paranoia and political machination in the unltra-Stalinist state very well, though I thought it lost its way a bit in the middle in the long chapter about the Successor's daughter's love life.

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