“Kadare, magician that he is, offers just enough information for his readers to make myriad interpretations. He is the most beguiling and teasing of writers who understands that what may not be apparent now may well be in a distant future. As he writes in the final pages of The Accident, “From every great secret, hints occasionally leak out.”


“Ismail Kadare’s new novel begins one rain-soaked morning, on the autobahn heading towards Vienna airport, when a taxi driver crashes through the safety barrier, killing both his passengers and leaving himself severely injured. It looks like an everyday sort of tragedy but, for reasons never explained, the driver’s report of what happened immediately before he lost control of the car causes confusion.”


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