The Siege The Siege by Ismail Kadare winner of the Man Booker International Prize In the early fifteenth century as winter falls away the people of Albania know that their fate is sealed They have refus

  • Title: The Siege
  • Author: Ismail Kadare David Bellos
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  • The Siege by Ismail Kadare, winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2005 In the early fifteenth century, as winter falls away, the people of Albania know that their fate is sealed They have refused to negotiate with the Ottoman Empire, and war is now inevitable Soon enough dust kicked up by Turkish horses is spotted from a citadel Brightly coloured banners, hastilThe Siege by Ismail Kadare, winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2005 In the early fifteenth century, as winter falls away, the people of Albania know that their fate is sealed They have refused to negotiate with the Ottoman Empire, and war is now inevitable Soon enough dust kicked up by Turkish horses is spotted from a citadel Brightly coloured banners, hastily constructed minarets and tens of thousands of men fill the plain below From this moment on, the world is waiting to hear that the fortress has fallen The Siege tells the enthralling story of the weeks and months that follow of the exhilaration and despair of the battlefield, the constantly shifting strategies of war, and those whose lives are held in balance, from the Pasha himself to the technicians, artillerymen, astrologer, blind poet and harem of women that accompany him Brilliantly vivid, as insightful as it is compelling, The Siege I is an unforgettable account of the clash of two great civilisations As a portrait of war, it resonates across the centuries and confirms Ismail Kadare as one of our most significant writers.

    The Siege Trivia Two early possible titles for this film were Holy War and Against All Enemies The former title was nixed after it was agreed by all principals to be much too incendiary, and the latter was used for a while before the studio decided The Siege was a apt, stronger title. The Siege Rotten Tomatoes Well back in this entire premise seemed quite far fetched, virtually in the realms of fantasy by the kind of overly paranoid Yanks that stockpile guns and tinned food. The Siege film Plot FBI Special Agent Anthony Hubbard Denzel Washington and his Lebanese American partner, Frank Haddad Tony Shalhoub , intervene at the hijacking of a bus fully loaded with passengers, which contains an explosive device.The bomb turns out to be a paint bomb and the terrorists escape The FBI receives demands to release Sheikh Ahmed bin Talal, a suspect in an earlier bombing at the The Siege on Vimeo The Siege is a American thriller film directed by Edward Zwick The film is about a fictional situation in which terrorist cells have made several attacks on New York City. The Siege Official Trailer HD YouTube Oct , Release Date November , When a crowded city bus blows up in Brooklyn and a campaign of terror begins to make it s bloody mark on the streets of New York, it s Watch The Siege Prime Video I think this was a pretty good film for its time, though the realities of terrorism today have kind of bypassed this plot I think the best takeaway from this movie are the scenes in which portions of the population are segregated from the larger populace over terrorism induced hysteria, paranoia, and prejudice. Siege Definition of Siege by Merriam Webster Recent Examples on the Web Noun The siege occurred on the night of September , when men armed with grenade launchers and machine guns stormed the American compound and set it on fire Tim Stelloh, NBC News, Libyan Charged in Deadly Attack on Benghazi Diplomatic Compound, Oct The breach is expected to end a nightmare siege for tens of thousands of people trapped in Siege definition of siege by The Free Dictionary siege s j n The surrounding and blockading of a city, town, or fortress by an army attempting to capture it A prolonged period, as of illness a siege of asthma Obsolete A seat, especially a throne tr.v sieged, sieging, sieges To subject to a siege besiege The invaders sieged the castle Middle English sege, from Old French, seat Siege Define Siege at Dictionary Siege definition, the act or process of surrounding and attacking a fortified place in such a way as to isolate it from help and supplies, for the purpose of lessening the resistance of the defenders and thereby making capture possible See . Siege A siege is a military blockade of a city, or fortress, with the intent of conquering by attrition, or a well prepared assault.This derives from Latin sedere, lit to sit Siege warfare is a form of constant, low intensity conflict characterized by one party holding a strong, static, defensive position Consequently, an opportunity for negotiation between combatants is not uncommon, as

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    1. أنا لم أسمع بالكاتب قبل ذلك . ولم أكن أعرف حتى جنسيته. كل ما لفت نظرى انه حائز على جائزة البوكر الدوليه . وتجاربى مع هذه الجائزة مبشرة جدا. فأخذت الكتاب لأجد ان المؤلف ألبانى ولم يسبق لى الاطلاع على أدب هذه المنطقه بالذات . ليكون لى الحظ فى قراءة عمل من أعظم ما يكون على الاطلاقدا [...]

    2. الحصار في كل مرة تقرأ فيها كتاباً تاريخياً يجب أن تنتبه إلى أن المؤلف إذ يلاحق الأحداث والدول والقادة والمعارك ينسى الإنسان، وليس هذا خطئه، فدوره هو في أن يدون المعلومة التاريخية، أو يحققها، أو يحاول استخلاص مغزى أو معنى منها، أما عن الإنسان الذي عاش ومات، عانى، ضحك وبكى، حل [...]

    3. هذه رواية عظيمة ليس كرواية تاريخية وحسب وليس لأنها تبدع في وصف محض "حصار" لكن إسماعيل كاداريه وخلال الحملة العثمانية التي اختلقها على قلعة ما في القلب الألباني قد نجح أن ينقل لنا روح ذاك العصر بأسره، متجسدة في فلسفة الامبراطورية، فلسفة التوسع، فلسفة الحصار والإبادة وفلسفة ا [...]

    4. تدور الرواية حول حصار القوات العثمانية لأحد القلاع الألبانية المتخيلة. و لئن أمعن الكاتب في وصف أطوار الحرب الدائرة فانه لم يهمل الجانب الانساني من خلال عدة شخصيات من ذلك المؤرخ , الشاعر, الفلكي, الباشا, حريم الباشا و غيرهمعادة لا أستسيغ الروايات التاريخية التي تسرد وقائع ال [...]

    5. The author claims that this is not a historical novel, and yet the story is set in the mid 15th century and is a primer on the methods of warfare used at the time. It is also a metaphor for Albania during its Communist rule in the 20th century, for although the invading Ottoman empire circa 1474 is portrayed as the bad guy, the implication and insinuation is that this totalitarian empire is a reflection of later day Albania itself.In a nutshell, an Albanian fortress is besieged by an invading Ot [...]

    6. لو سألتنى عن أهم ما يميز كتابة كاداريه، سأجيبك بإيجاز السلاسة والعذوبة، البساطة والعمق، السهل الممتنع إجمالاف سرده لقصة حصار جيش اﻹمبراطورية العثمانية ﻹحدى القلاع اﻷلبانية، المدخل إلى منطقة البلقان، اتسم كاداريه بأهم مايميز كبار المبدعين، الدقة، الشمول، الحس الجمالى، [...]

    7. This may seem like a straight forward historical novel about a citadel in Albania under seige from the mighty Ottaman Empire, but it is so much more than that. Written originally in 1970 in Albania just after the Soviets had shattered the Prague uprising in Czechoslovakia, it is one of the best critics of hostile invasion and control you will ever read.Considering the original was Albanian and it was updated in french in the mid 90s a big congratulations to all the translators involved.

    8. My favorite book by this author. He seems to be able to recreate the mentality and the perspective people may have had in those times. He makes me "feel" with them regardless of the fact that I am submerged in my zeitgeist, and in principle a bad neutral observer. This combined with a compelling writing style.

    9. I came to feel like visiting Albania :)According to the Afterword by the translator, Ismail Kadare's one of the main themes in his novels is the intricate relationships between the obvious other (the influences of the Ottoman Empire) for the Albanians and who the Albanians are. Since Albania was conquered by the Ottoman Empire, people there were affected by its culture, politics, and other social institutions. The Albanian are, however, still Albanians, who are supposed to have rather actively a [...]

    10. رواية محشوّة بالأفكار والأسئلة، لاهبة بحمم الحرب ودوّي الطبول والمدافع، مصاغة بنَفَس شاعريّ لافت، تنفذ عميقا في أوردة وشرايين الشخصيات المبتلاة بالمشاركة في حصار طويل، ممضّ، وقاسي: تلفتك شخصية مؤرخ الحملة، بكل حساسيته وقلقه وخجله وارتباكه ومثابرته وانشغاله الذهنيّ وتساؤ [...]

    11. Ismail Kadaré often used Albanian history and legends as the setting for his novels. This one is about attempts to withstand a siege by Ottoman forces and shows the inhabitants of the beleaguered town. It may be an allegory of modern times, but it is not clear exactly what it might be an allegory of. Albania was a Maoist communist country caught between the powerful Soviet powers and their allies and the capitalist force of Europe and US global trade. Who did Ismail Kadaré see as the aggressiv [...]

    12. لم تتخللها لغة تنسيني وحشية تفاصيلها الموضوع الحرب والحصار وضياعقيمة الإنسانية ربما وكوني فتاة لم تصلني حروفها لليوم احتقر كل من يبجل الحروب وأن كانت بضرورة كمايزعمون !تذكرت كيف إني اقرأ بتحرر من العواطف تاركة التقييم للعقل والفائدةوهنا لم أستفد والذنب ليس ذنب الكاتب ولكن [...]

    13. ملحمه تاريخيه تصف الحصار المروض علي قلعه البانيه بقوات الدوله العثمانيه، وقد ابدع الكاتب في وصف تلك الحرب وهذا الحصار وجعلنا نتعايش مع الجنود وصلابتهم وضعفهم الانساني ،مع القاده وصراعاتهم ،وبحرفيه جيده انتقل من السرد عن معسكر المهاجمين الي السرد عن معسكر المدافعين اللذين [...]

    14. تسحرك دقة التفاصيل وجمالها في هذه الرواية، نصوص فاخرة واتقان المترجم في ترجمة نصوصها جعلتها رواية تاريخية ممتعة لاتمل منها، تنقلك أحداث الحصار بين ضباط الجيشين المتحاربين لتظهر لك بسالة المدافعين الألبان في صد الهجوم والدفاع عن أرضهم وبين شدة عزم الأتراك والرغبة في إحتلال [...]

    15. Story of the siege by the Ottoman army of the first castle they encounter on invading Albania – the story which describes the horrors of siege warfare in detail is written mainly from an Ottoman viewpoint with a variety of characters mainly non-directly military but seen from the view point of the confused official Chronicler. There are interim shorter chapters written more as a chronicle by the defending Christians and which provide good summaries of what has actually happened. Main character [...]

    16. In the summer of 1429 the greatest army ever seen, under command of Tirsun Pasha, attacks the citadel that is the first line of defense of Christian Albania, expecting to conquer it by rapid assault — but every stratagem (repeated assaults, undermining, infestation with diseased rats, and finally discovering and cutting the city’s aqueduct) fails, and when the rains come (saving the city from surrendering to thirst) the remains of the vast army withdraw in disorder from the now half-ruined t [...]

    17. In The Siege, Ismail Kadare succeeds in telling a story that is at once a fictionalized piece of history, a believable what-if about the Ottoman invasion of 15th-century Albania, and a subtle commentary on modern politics and war. As with other armies throughout history, the Turks led military campaigns from late spring to early fall. The Siege begins as the Catholic Albanians, having sent the Ottomon envoys packing, prepare for the coming of the invading force. The tale is told in two perspecti [...]

    18. Originally published in Albania in 1970, and then translated into French in the mid-90s, this excellent novel has finally made it into English. It tells the story of a fictional 15th-century siege of an Albanian castle by an Ottoman army. The details of this appear to be largely drawn from accounts of the 1474 siege of Shkoder, as well as the exploits of Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg (aka The Dragon of Albania), who led the resistance to the Ottomans for about twenty years, until his death in 1468 [...]

    19. This novel by the Albanian author Ismail Kadare is set during the 15th century when Albania was being attacked by the Ottoman Turks, and the heroic Albanian leader Skanderbeg was still actively fighting the attackers. The edition that I have read was originally written between 1969 and 1970 when albania was being ruled by the repressive dictator, and friend of Stalin, Enver Hoxha. The version that I read was modified by the author between 1993 and 1994 when Enver Hoxha's regime was over. The ori [...]

    20. I read Kadare’s The Palace of Dreams in 2005, and thought it was an excellent book, but this is even better. At face value, it’s the rivetting story of a C15th siege – the Christian Albanians in the besieged citadel and the Ottomans camped outside. The chapters alternate between these two POV but the Ottomans tell most of the story in what appears to be a straightforward 3rd person narrative. However, there are deliberate anachronisms such as show trials and biological warfare which jolt t [...]

    21. Kadare has depicted a subtle commentary on politics and war through a fictionalised period in history.Although definitely not my favourite type of story to read, as it is about a siege, as the title states, and the descriptions of the attack on the citadel were long and repetitive, there were a few sections that were truly a pleasure to read. I particularly liked reading the Quartermaster's "heretical" confidences to the chronicler who pushed such thoughts away and insisted on describing the sei [...]

    22. المترجم محمد درويش روعة وقد اعطى هذه الرواية حجمها من خلال المفردات الواضحة. قبل كل فصل كانت تسرد تقريريا بضمير المتكلم المحاصر الألباني بما لا يتجاوز صفحتين ثم تتحول مع كل فصل لضمير الغائب المهاجم العثماني. التفاصيل الهادئة الذي ذكرها الكاتب في وصفه هي فعلا من صورة لي احداث [...]

    23. Il est le héro nationale de l'Albanie, Skanderbeg a tenu tête à la plus grande machine de guerre de son époque: l'empire Ottoman. Il a pu mener ses troupes à resister contre l'envahisseur. Ce livre relate, de façon romancé, la première tentative Islamiste de saisir la citadelle de l'homme de guerre albanais. Une histoire captivante et qui donne le goût d'en savoir plus sur ce pays trop méconnu.

    24. Kadare scrive, con “I tamburi della pioggia” un romanzo epico. Si tratta, tuttavia, di un’epica molto particolare, e nella quale, spesso fa uso di modalità a mio parere inattese, considerato anche che si tratta di un romanzo di quasi quarant’anni fa.L’inattesoPrimo elemento inatteso: l’eroe, Scanderbeg, di fatto non compare mai. Si parla di lui per sentito dire, dagli altri. Addirittura, la resistenza di Kruja e l’eroismo di Scanderbeg vengono raccontati prevalentemente dalla punt [...]

    25. I wasn't sure about this novel as I began it. The writing of this translation was at first off-putting to me, but either it grew on me or it changed. I ended up deeply immersed in the novel--a fictional story of a fifteenth century Ottoman siege of an Albanian fortress, told mostly from the perspectives of Turkish characters ranging from the commander-in-chief to women in the harem. What soon emerges is that this is more than just a compelling story from the past, but a reflection on the present [...]

    26. fictional account of the Ottoman attempt of invasion of Albania, written by a native Albanian from the viewpoint of the Ottoman soldiers duty-bound to expand their realm. It was beautifully and meticulously written, and through this book one can get a sense of life in military camp during that period-- long stretches of boredom and doubt relieved only by a tagging cultural performer of poetry or dance, and short-lived sudden assaults that end with a lot of casualties. However, a huge and unignor [...]

    27. mytwostotinki/?p=434Albania in the middle of the 15th century. Gjergj Kastrioti, called Skanderbeg, is resisting the advance of the Ottoman armies and is fighting a kind of hit-and-run guerrilla war from his fortresses in the Accursed Mountains. This is the historical backdrop of the novel The Siege by the Albanian author Ismail Kadare, a permanent candidate for the Novel Prize and Winner of the Man Booker International Prize.A huge force of the Ottoman army is advancing to this remote and not y [...]

    28. This is the first book I've ready by Kadare and I enjoyed everything about it. I liked that the characters were generally not the ones doing the actual fighting, although in many ways they were still risking their lives in other ways. Interesting to think about how this could represent the situation in Albania in the late 60's. A couple of things I'll remember:- Towards the end of the siege, the 'architect' is called away to the capital. They then receive instructions from the capital on "the ne [...]

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