By Ismail Kadare
During this spellbinding novel, written in Albania and smuggled into France a couple of pages at a time within the Eighties, Ismail Kadare denounces with infrequent strength the equipment of a dictatorial regime, drawing us again to the traditional roots of tyranny in Western Civilization. in the course of the waning years of Communism, a tender employee for the Albanian state-controlled media employer narrates the tale of his ill-fated love for the daughter of a high-ranking respectable. whilst he witness the ghostly picture of Agamemnon-the old Greek king who sacrificed his personal daughter for purposes of State-on the reviewing stand in the course of a might Day get together, he starts to suspect the whole disaster of his devotion. additionally incorporated are "The Blinding Order," a parable of the Ottoman Empire concerning the makes use of of terror in authoritarian regimes, and "The nice Wall," a chilling duet among a chinese language reliable and a soldier within the invading military of the Tamerlane.
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Because of internal evidence, more prominent in Berta and Mainete than in Flores y Blancaflor^ but present in the latter nonetheless, these works probably circulated in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries as epics (Gomez Perez "Leyendas medievales" 7-24). Therefore, although, judging from the scribal hand and the watermarks (Gomez Perez "Leyendas carolingias" 121-48, especially 131), the manuscript itself is from the late fourteenth or early fifteenth century, the stories it contains are substantially earlier.
When Alfonso el Sabio died in 1284, Sancho seized the throne, but the internal political conflicts and the tension between Castile and France continued. The King of Navarre offered his support to Fernando's son, whose mother, Blanche, travelled to France to enlist the aid of her brother, now King of France. Even from the cursory summary above, we can see why Crdnica de Flores y Blancaflor could serve as a political allegory. First of all, it is possible that the names Fernando and Blanche, or Blanca as she would have been called in Spain, recall Flores and Blancaflor.
Gould relates the story to Aucassin et 36 Texts and Origins Nicolette and, especially, Floire et Blancheflor, citing previous work (Huet, "Sur Porigine") on the affinities between the content of those works and Arabic tales. He points out, moreover, that Floire et Blancheflor shares a striking thematic bond with Fridpjdfssaga in the matter of the hero and heroine having fallen in love as children. Gould describes the Vikings' frequent contact with Moorish Spain, and offers a variety of ways in which the "Arabic" story of Floire and Blancheflor might have been brought to Iceland even earlier than Brother Robert's (or one of his compatriots') translation of the Old French version in the first half of the thirteenth century.
Agamemnon's Daughter by Ismail Kadare