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The Traitor's Niche, Paperback / softback Book

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LONGLISTED FOR THE 2017 MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZEAt the heart of the Ottoman Empire, in the main square of Constantinople, a niche is carved into ancient stone.

Here, the sultan displays the severed heads of his adversaries.

Tundj Hata, the imperial courier, is charged with transporting heads to the capital - a task he relishes and performs with fervour.

But as he travels through obscure and impoverished territories, he makes money from illicit side-shows, offering villagers the spectacle of death.

The head of the rebellious Albanian governor would fetch a very high price.

A surreal tale of rebellion and tyranny from the master of European literature.

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