The Ghost Rider

The Ghost Rider

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A classic medieval mystery from the winner of the inaugural Man Booker International Prize, a writer in the class of Atwood, Coetzee, Marquez, and Rushdie An old woman is awoken in the dead of night by knocks at her front door. The woman opens it to find her daughter, Doruntine, standing there alone in the darkness. She has been brought home from a distant land by a mysterious rider she claims is her brother Konstandin. But unbeknownst to her, Konstandin has been dead for years. What follows is chain of events which plunges a medieval village into fear and mistrust. Who is the ghost rider?
Publisher: Edinburgh ; New York : Canongate, 2010
Characteristics: x, 208 p. ; 20 cm
Language Note: Translation of: Qui a ramené Doruntine?
ISBN: 9781847673411 (pbk.)
1847673414 (pbk.)
Call Number: FICTION KADARE

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Ejona
Nov 25, 2013

A wonderful story from a wonderful writer. Demonstrates the power of the given word and that a promise given has to be kept at all cost. Still the mystery remains unsolved. Was it magic or was it mundane?

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Ejona
Nov 25, 2013

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Ejona
Nov 25, 2013

An elaboration on one of the most important and beloved Albanian folktales, Konstandin and Doruntine.
A groom from a far away land asks the only daughter of an Albanian family in marriage. The family initially refuses, citing the distance. Then the son, Konstandin gives his word to bring Doruntine back. But he dies before he can do so. Not one to break his word he rises from the grave to do so.

The novel is done in a crime mystery style, with the local captain of the guard as the narrator and protagonist. And yet no crime has been committed. Except in the eyes of those in power.

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Ejona
Nov 25, 2013

"Konstandin, have you forgotten your promise to bring Doruntine back to me whenever I longed for her?"

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