The Pyramid (Kadare novel)
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US first edition cover
|Translator||Joseph Vrioni & David Bellos|
|Publisher||Arcade Publishing (USA) & Harvill Press (UK)|
|1 February 1996|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Pages||224 p. (hardback edition)|
|ISBN||1-55970-314-8 (US hardback edition) & ISBN 1-86046-123-9 (UK hardback edition)|
|LC Class||PG9621.K3 P5813 1996|
Every sentence has two meanings – one in the novel and one that tells something about Communism. For example, the Pharaoh Cheops desires to build a pyramid so large that it will drain the prosperity out of Egypt, and an unprosperous people will not rebel.
The New York Times picked up on the significance of The Pyramid:
"For the pyramid, viewed by his subjects as an abiding symbol of his total and incontestable power, comes to be seen by him as a personal memento mori, a constant and paralyzing reminder that his brief life will give way to an eternal entombment in stone."
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