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The Concert de Ismail Kadare
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The Concert (original: 1988; edição: 1998)

de Ismail Kadare (Autor)

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"At a birthday party for her daughter, former archaeologist Silva Dibra notices that her brother, Arian, looks worried. It seems that during recent maneuvers, he and other tank corps officers had refused an order to surround a Party committee. Soon he is dismissed from the army, arrested, and taken away. Silva sets out to learn her brother's fate and enlists the help of several friends and family members. Their investigation leads them from the capital of Albania to the steel mills in the north, and even across the Chinese border. On the way, Silva rediscovers her family's tragic past and tries to come to terms with the grim future of her country." "But things are more desperate than they seem for, unbeknownst to them, China is trying to break ties with Albania and is using its control of the steel mills, as well as secret alliances inside the Albanian government, as levers. No one really knows how deeply China is involved in the troubles back home, except for maybe Skender Bermema, a famous writer and a friend of Silva's, who is sent to China on a fact-finding mission. What he uncovers is the horror of Mao Zedong's China: a nation that drains away one's individuality, independence, and creativity. Perhaps Mao's true agenda will be revealed at a mysterious gala concert held in Peking. The handpicked members of each foreign delegation who are invited think so, and attempt to decipher, in the colors, figures, and gestures of the Chinese actors, some message that might clue them in. It isn't until the curtain closes and the lights go up that they receive the news for which they waited, and it shocks them beyond their wildest imaginings."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (mais)
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Título:The Concert
Autores:Ismail Kadare (Autor)
Informação:Arcade Publishing (1998), Edition: 1st Arcade paperback ed, 444 pages
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> LE CONCERT Ismaïl Kadaré Fayard, 1989; 39,95$
Se reporter au compte rendu de Richard TARDIF
In: (1990). Compte rendu de [Littérature étrangère]. Nuit blanche, le magazine du livre, n° 40 (juin–juillet–août 1990), 35–36… ; (en ligne),
URL : https://id.erudit.org/iderudit/19815ac
  Joop-le-philosophe | Feb 25, 2021 |
Despite its title, The Concert requires no real knowledge of music. What it does require is an interest in Sino-Albanian politics and a fascination with the final hours of Lin Biao. Certainly not a novel for everyone, but definitely one for me.

As negotiations for the Sino American rapprochement were going on, Gjerj Dibra flew to Beijing to deliver a letter from the Albanians, asking that the meeting with the American president be cancelled. Who was little Albania to demand such a thing? China's only ally, a tiny country cut off from the Europe which should have been its natural home dared defy Chairman Mao. Back in Tirana, Chinese diplomats, engineers, scientists, workers and trade delegations were disappearing from Albania as if they had never arrived, abandoning engineering projects, construction sites and trade missions.

This wouldn't be a Kadare book though without elements of the surreal. One nameless man, high in the Arctic, constantly sifts through transmissions in the ether, reading the tea leaves of changes in the rankings of the Chinese Politbureau. Mao Zedong wanders in and out of lucidity in his favourite cave retreat. The x-ray of the broken foot of a Chinese diplomat causes a rift between the two countries.

All these elements are essentially shadows, glimpses of greater realities. It is in this contrast between the world of conjecture and the harsh reality of Enver Hoxha's Albania that Kadare excels, setting up a real and justified paranoia. There are repeated references to [MacBeth] (was it because Mao and Lin Biao "were both hatching a plot based on treachery at a banquet?"), ghosts and isolation. Alone in China, Albanian Party member Skënder Berema repeatedly works out scenarios for Lin Biao's flight and death.

Finally there is the concert itself. Zhou Enlai had said the way to understand Chinese politics was to study Chinese theatre. Eleven hundred people, including Berema, received invitations on the very day of the concert.

Zhou Enlai, the man who knew all and controlled all, was contemplating his masks. He had three masks: the mask of a leader, the mask of one who obeys, and the mask as cold as ice. The first two he usually wore to government and Politbureau meetings or committees. The third he kept for occasions when he had to appear in public.

The clock on the wall behind him struck six. This was the first time he had gone out without one of his three masks. They were all out of date now. Instead he now wore a fourth. A death mask.

As the high level audience assembled, speculation ran rife.What was the plot of the performance? Were the movements of the second female dancer going to signify anything? Where and with whom was everyone seated? Hua Guofeng was working on his best imitation of Mao's hair to impress the audience. Finally all were assembled. Tensions built throughout the concert. The end of the performance brought a completely unexpected panic.

Kadare shifts events somewhat and timelines are unclear. Mao may die before Zhou, or the deaths may be the same day. The magic realism he employs, the varying iterations of the same story be it the massacre of Albanians in Kosovo, the war in Cambodia, or the leitmotif of the death of Lin Biao, illustrate the many forms history can take, and the impossibility of knowing the truth. This is classic Kadare.
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"At a birthday party for her daughter, former archaeologist Silva Dibra notices that her brother, Arian, looks worried. It seems that during recent maneuvers, he and other tank corps officers had refused an order to surround a Party committee. Soon he is dismissed from the army, arrested, and taken away. Silva sets out to learn her brother's fate and enlists the help of several friends and family members. Their investigation leads them from the capital of Albania to the steel mills in the north, and even across the Chinese border. On the way, Silva rediscovers her family's tragic past and tries to come to terms with the grim future of her country." "But things are more desperate than they seem for, unbeknownst to them, China is trying to break ties with Albania and is using its control of the steel mills, as well as secret alliances inside the Albanian government, as levers. No one really knows how deeply China is involved in the troubles back home, except for maybe Skender Bermema, a famous writer and a friend of Silva's, who is sent to China on a fact-finding mission. What he uncovers is the horror of Mao Zedong's China: a nation that drains away one's individuality, independence, and creativity. Perhaps Mao's true agenda will be revealed at a mysterious gala concert held in Peking. The handpicked members of each foreign delegation who are invited think so, and attempt to decipher, in the colors, figures, and gestures of the Chinese actors, some message that might clue them in. It isn't until the curtain closes and the lights go up that they receive the news for which they waited, and it shocks them beyond their wildest imaginings."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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