By Ismail Kadare
During this spellbinding novel, written in Albania and smuggled into France a number 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 organization narrates the tale of his ill-fated love for the daughter of a high-ranking legit. whilst he witness the ghostly photo of Agamemnon-the historical Greek king who sacrificed his personal daughter for purposes of State-on the reviewing stand in the course of a may possibly Day social gathering, he starts off to suspect the total 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 respectable and a soldier within the invading military of the Tamerlane.
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77 Augustan elegy and its mistresses constitute, therefore, a response to, and a part of, a multiplication of discourses about the female that occurred in the late republic and early empire. And the elegiac mistress,in particular, would have brought to her poetic discourse a considerable potential as metaphor for danger and social disruption. An examination of their characteristics reveals that they are ﬁctive females engaged with at least two broad (but not necessarily distinct) categories of discourse.
Thus the control of household slaves, a woman’s version of the economic status of a dominus, has been transformed ﬁguratively into the erotic condition of control over sexual slaves. The sexual domain of the 51 Hallett (1973), 111. On the double sexual standard for Roman husbands and wives, see now Dixon (1992), 88; Edwards (1993), 49–53;Williams (1999), 47–56. 52 Carm. Epigr. 5, for which see Williams (1958), 23–5. See now Treggiari (1991), 229–319, and Dixon (1992), 88–90. 53 For erotic seruitium in the elegiac corpus,see Lilja (1965),76–89;Copley (1947), 285–300; Lyne (1979), 117–30; Conte (1989), 443–4.
75 However, the production of elegy’s female ﬁgures cannot be read as a direct poetic protest against this social legislation, although it appears to be the subject of one Propertian poem: gauisa est certe sublatam Cynthia legem, qua quondam edicta ﬂemus uterque diu, ni nos diuideret. ] Since the tradition of erotic writing to which the Propertian Cynthia belongs stretched back at least as far as the Gallan corpus, the earliest examples of the elegiac mistress considerably predate the legisla72 Last (1934), 440.
Agamemnon's Daughter by Ismail Kadare