The Fall of the Stone City

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The Fall of the Stone City
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First edition cover showing Moche burial mask from Peru, A.D. 525–550.
AuthorIsmail Kadare
Original titleDarka e gabuar
TranslatorJohn Hodgson
Genrehistorical fiction, political fiction
Publication date
Published in English

The Fall of the Stone City (Albanian: Darka e gabuar) is a 2008 novel by the Albanian writer Ismail Kadare. Apart from winning the Rexhai Surroi Prize for the best book of the year, in Kosovo;[1] the novel was also shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2013.[2]


Kadare had previously written about his home city Gjirokastër in his earlier novels Chronicle in Stone and A Question of Lunacy.[3]



Characterizing it as "a masterful recuperation" from Kadare's previous novel The Accident, Peter Carty from The Independent went on to describe it as "an outstanding feat of imagination delivered in inimitable style, alternating between the darkly elusive and the menacingly playful.".[4]

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  1. ^ Kurti, Sunita (22 December 2009). "Kadare, fitues i çmimit "Rexhai Surroi" për roman". Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  2. ^ Flood, Alison (11 April 2013). "Independent foreign fiction prize 2013 shortlist announced". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  3. ^ Isufaj, Viola; Jakllari, Adem (2012). Letërsia me zgjedhje të detyruar 12. Tirana: Albas. p. 6. ISBN 978-9928-02-427-5.
  4. ^ Carty, Peter. "Truly, the dinner party from hell". The Independent. Retrieved 15 September 2017.