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Agamemnon's Daughter: A Novella & Stories

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The title story is set in Tirana in the 1980s, as the unnamed narrator unexpectedly finds himself granted a ticket to the senior stands at the annual May Day Parade (normally the preserve of the communist party elite).

It is forbidden to copy anything for publication elsewhere without written permission from the copyright holder.King Agamemnon has offended the goddess Artemis and so she has used the winds to prevent his armada from setting sail for Troy.

Some very early Greek sources in the Epic Cycle affirmed that Artemis rescued Iphigenia from the human sacrifice her father was about to perform, for instance in the lost epic Cypria, which survives in a summary by Proclus: [15] "Artemis . However, the young son of the late king finds out his uncle's treachery and murders him in the palace. Much like Joyce's Ulysses, the novella is an internal monologue chronicling the thoughts of the narrator about Suzana and the people he encounters as he walks to the stands of the stadium.

It's a mild mannered protest about the length of someone's dress, taken facetiously by Party regulars who receive it Slowly, the complaint gathers momentum, is viewed seriously by higher ups until it triggers the harshest reaction possible within the regime, causing dictator Enver Hoxha to invoke his most brutal tool, the "blind purge" - a wild, illogical, all consuming passion to locate dissidents, suspected or real, terminate their careers, relationships, even the lives of people caught in its unfathomable web. Nevertheless, despite having been caught up in some murky Party purges in the past, he finds himself with the Parade invitation, much to the acute jealousy of colleagues and rivals. Deeper into it it becomes compelling reading as it draws upon how awful life really was in Albania (and that it the sub-text).

Having told her mother not to grieve for her, Iphigeneia, with the help of the chorus, begins the rituals for Artemis and departs to her death. In some ways, he is the iron curtain’s equivalent of George Orwell, except for the obvious difference that his experiences were first-hand.Brewer's translation of Ismail Kadare's essay Aspects of Dictatorship appears in the Winter 2011 edition of Michigan Quarterly Review.

Reflecting on all this as a spectator at the May 1st Parade—one of the biggest Communist holidays—the narrator compares the father to a successor of that grand master of all sacrificers, “Comrade Agamemnon MacAtreus,” member of the Politburo.In the movie The Killing of a Sacred Deer starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell, the myth is drawn into a present-day thriller where the family of a surgeon is haunted because of his accidental killing of a patient years before.

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