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The Pyramid af Ismail Kadare
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The Pyramid (original 1992; udgave 2005)

af Ismail Kadare

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From the Albanian writer who has been short-listed for the Nobel Prize comes a hypnotic narrative of ancient Egypt, a work that is at once a historical novel and an exploration of the horror of untrammeled state power. It is 2600 BC. The Pharaoh Cheops is inclined to forgo the construction of a pyramid in his honor, but his court sages hasten to persuade him otherwise. The pyramid, they tell him, is not a tomb but a paradox: it keeps the Egyptian people content by oppressing them utterly. The pyramid is the pillar that holds power aloft. If it wavers, everything collapses. And so the greatest pyramid ever begins to rise. It is a monument that crushes dozens of men with the placing of each of its tens of thousands of stones. It is the subject of real and imaginary conspiracies that necessitate ruthless purges and fantastic tortures. It is a monster that will consume all Egypt before it swallows the body of Cheops himself. As told by Ismail Kadare,The Pyramidis a tour de force of Kafkaesque paranoia and Orwellian political prophecy. "A haunting meditation on the matter-of-fact brutality of political despotism." -The New York Times Book Review "Kadare's prose glimmers with the magic realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez." -Los Angeles Times Book Review "One of the most compelling novelists now writing in any language." -Wall Street Journal… (mere)
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Titel:The Pyramid
Forfattere:Ismail Kadare
Info:Arcade Publishing (2005), Paperback, 168 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:2008

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The Pyramid af Ismaîl Kadaré (1992)

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    wandering_star: The scene with the building of the Citadelle in Carpentier's work reminded me very much of the building of the Pyramid.
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This work is unusual in that it takes place in ancient Egypt, though a reader would have to be exceptionally dull to miss the book-length metaphor—a sharp and penetrating indictment of despotism. The story itself is simple: Cheops has to be convinced to order the creation of a pyramid in his honor and memory. His advisors do so by explaining that only by oppressing his otherwise increasingly contented people can he effectively maintain power: only by making the people miserable can they be truly content. Much of the book is given over to a recounting of each day’s progress in the pyramid’s construction and its cost in human lives. The book is a meditation on the paranoia of absolute power. ( )
  Gypsy_Boy | Aug 23, 2023 |
Cheops and autocracy extreme, whim power, unlimited resources.Easy rrad, crafted superbly, engages the imagination. ( )
  Brumby18 | Jan 19, 2022 |
Nje histori satirike e zeze rreth pushtetit dhe politikes
  BibliotekaFeniks | Feb 4, 2021 |
The Pyramid Dreams.

Kadare takes some liberties with history, of course, often speculating wildly for dramatic and symbolic effect, but there is enough verisimilitude here to cast the pall of history over the pages. It has a very similar aura to the writings of Kafka, borrowing much of the atmosphere of oppression and psychological tension. Then you have the whorl-pools of Borges, the puzzles of the literary mathematician, well-realized. Similar also is the lack of character development, how Kadare's characters embody concepts rather than make choices according to their or the author's will.

Cheops, the pharaoh, attains immortality vicariously through his pyramid, and the pyramid attains life vicariously via its creators. This is the ingenious interplay of the novel. The pyramid takes on increasing weight as the story progresses, metaphorically and literally. Everyone universally endows it with sentience, and many believe it conspires to consume them, haunts them in dreams, not least Cheops himself.

In the absence for most of the book of traditional characterization, the pyramid becomes the central figure, the changeable chimera, baffling and exotic, embodying its peoples' fears, ambitions, myths, and frustrations. Cheops, gullible and vain, is but a puppet for an endless legion of ministers and politicians, magicians, et. al. The pyramid grows and inspires silence and fear, and spreads it like a disease. Its stones bring death from foreign lands in many forms, it swallows people like chum. It is variously and beautifully personified and the bureaucracy surrounding its erection is portrayed as a machine which accomplishes great feats of industry only to wreak havoc in the lives of the humans who are its moving cogs.

Wicked advisors to the throne are plentiful. The first part of this book oozes with shades of Shakespeare, while the second half focuses on the manifestations of phenomena, both real and imagined, surrounding the emergence of the great pyramid.

The luscious historical details are infused with apocryphal history, and serve to explicate and allegorize the evolution of myth and other archetypical human constructs. The mysteries of inborn human superstition, the ambitious capacity they have to design monuments to symbolize their own reaching after heaven. The construction of symbols is an important ritual of ascribing meaning within our lives, but this book illustrates how symbols can take over the mind like a virus. While Kadare insinuates the importance of geometric elegance, his structure does not partake of harsh strictures of form. You can view his approach as a narrowing of themes and action, toward a pinnacle perhaps, but by constraining his subject and given the short duration of the book, I would not consider his form of paramount importance. The elegance of mathematics is nowhere more evident than in the pyramids. Its inner mystery, the decoys, the hidden passages, all mirror the convolutions within our minds, the inner labyrinths, and the mental torture of construing human civilization is fraught with the traps we set through symbology and our own weaknesses.

Aside from the horological complications of The Pyramid, the jigsaw pieces of historical details, and the effective atmosphere, I was struck by the mummification of thought, the cyphers, glyphs, and the embalming of ideas, which Kadare utilizes through the power of his fiction to crystallize experience and impression. The unconfrontable void of death looms over the whole. I loved the eminence of the pyramidion. The positioning of the sarcophagi, the grave-robber foiling devices, the hermetic chambers, and the immense scope of its construction were all worth reading about. The conspiratorial dimension of the pyramid, the menace of its secrets, and the all-too-human aspects of its history, were fairly obvious results of such an unequalled undertaking. The pyramid of Cheops rested on the shoulders of Egyptian society from the moment of its conception - still does - it was a responsibility the whole empire would bear with great strain. Stone by stone, death by death, the physical presence of evil, as a force and an entity, drawing many parallels to the Tower of Babel, would result in one more proliferation of human omen-worship. Above all, this is a profound and charming study of pointed concepts, applicable to any society partaking of human vices. ( )
  LSPopovich | Apr 8, 2020 |
This is somewhat enjoyable read when you keep constantly in mind that this is the story of communism (Building the pyramid is the path towards communism) in disguise.

A second star comes from the notion that this book made me study the pyramids. ( )
  Kindnist85 | May 25, 2016 |
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Lorsque, par un matin de fin d'automne, le nouveau pharaon Chéops, qui n'était monté que depuis quelques mois sur le trône, laissa entendre qu'il renoncerait peut-être à faire édifier une pyramide, ceux qui l'écoutaient, l'astrologue du palais, certains ministres parmi les plus proches, le vieux conseiller Ouserkaf et le grand prêtre Hemiounou, qui faisait en même temps office d'architecte en chef d'Egypte, se rembrunirent comme s'ils avaient entendu annocer une catastrophe.
Quando una mattina di fine autunno il nuovo faraone Cheope, asceso al trono da pochi mesi soltanto, lasciò intendere che forse avrebbe rinunciato a farsi costruire una piramide, coloro che l'ascoltavano, l'astrologo di palazzo, alcuni fra i ministri più affezionati, il vecchio consigliere Userkaf, il gran sacerdote Hemiunu, che assolveva anche la funzione di capoarchitetto dell''Egitto, si rabbuiarono come se avessero appena sentito annunciare una catastrofe.
When, one morning in late autumn, only a few months after he had ascended the throne of Egypt, Cheops, the new Pharaoh, let slip that he might perhaps not wish to have a pyramid erected for him, all who heard him - the palace astrologer, some of the most senior ministers, Cheops's old Counsellor Userkaf, and the High Priest Hemiunu, who also held the post of Architect-in-chief - furrowed their brows as if they had just heard news of a catastrophe.
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Pur se l'oggetto della loro ricerca si ostinava a tenersi nascosto, essi finirono però pian piano col delinearlo. O, quantomeno, a delineare la sua ombra.
Dissertarono a lungo su tutto quanto vi faceva riferimento e, con loro grande sorpresa, si resero conto d'essere già perfettamente consapevoli di ciò che andavano cercando. Erano sempre stati al corrente del fatto essenziale, dell'idea primaria, della ragion d'essere della piramide, solo che questa, nella loro mente, stava al di là dell'espressione verbale, se non al di là del loro stesso pensiero. I papiri degli archivi si erano limitati a rivestirla di parole e di significati. Entro i limiti in cui cui si può rivestire un'ombra.
L'idea della piramide, maestà, ha avuto origine in un periodo di crisi.
[...]Il potere del faraone, come testimoniano le cronache, si era indebolito. Naturalmente non si trattava di un fenomeno nuovo. Gli antichi papiri sono pieni di simili vicissitudini. La novità era un'altra. Inedita, strana, addirittura sbalorditiva era la causa di quella crisi. Una causa perfida, senza precedenti: la crisi non era provocata dalla penuria, da un ritardo delle piene del Nilo, dalla peste, come succedeva di solito, ma, al contrario, dall'abbondanza.
Dall'abbondanza, ripeté Hemiunu. In altre parole, dal benessere.
[...] Al principio non era stato facile individuare questa causa, riprese il gran sacerdote. Molti sapienti e confidenti del faraone, fra i primi a circoscriverla, pagarono con la testa o con la deportazione la loro terribile scoperta. Ma la spiegazione da loro fornita, secondo cui il benessere, rendendo i singoli più indipendenti, più liberi nel pensiero, li faceva diventare anche più ribelli all'autorità in generale e in particolare al potere del faraone, pur se all'inizio era stata contrastata da obiezioni di vario genere, si era pian piano aperta un varco. Giorno dopo giorno, tutti avevano raggiunto la convinzione che la nuova crisi era più grave di quelle che l'avevano preceduta. Una sola domanda restava irrisolta: come se ne poteva uscire?
L'astrologo mago Sobekhotpe, inviato da faraone nel Sahara per meditare su quel problema in totale solitudine, tornò in capo a quaranta giorni completamente sfigurato, come d'altronde accadeva alla maggior parte di quanti andavano a colloquiare a quel modo col deserto per riferirne poi il messaggi. Quest'ultimo era più terribile di quanto ci si potesse aspettare: occorreva eliminare il benessere.
Si narra che sia stato, stranamente, il custode dell'harem, Reneferef, a dire che si doveva cercare un modo per isterilire parte delle ricchezze dell'Egitto. [...] anche l'Egitto doveva trovare il modo di erodere il sovrappiù di energia della sua popolazione. Intraprendere un'opera che andasse al di là di ogni immaginazione e i cui effetti sarebbero risultati tanto più debilitanti ed estenuanti per gli egiziani quanto più essa fosse stata colossale. Insomma, qualcosa di sfibrante, di distruttivo per il corpo e per lo spirito, e di assolutamente inutile. O, per meglio dire, un'opera tanto inutile per i sudditi quanto indispensabile per lo Stato.
[...] Bisognava trovare [...] qualcosa che tenesse occupata la gente notte e giorno al punto da renderla dimentica di se stessa. Un'opera che però, per sua stessa natura, potesse essere compiuta e al contempo non esserlo mai. Che, insomma, si rinnovasse continuamente.E fosse inoltre ben visibile.
La piramide è il pilastro su cui si regge il potere. Se cede quella, tutto crolla.
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From the Albanian writer who has been short-listed for the Nobel Prize comes a hypnotic narrative of ancient Egypt, a work that is at once a historical novel and an exploration of the horror of untrammeled state power. It is 2600 BC. The Pharaoh Cheops is inclined to forgo the construction of a pyramid in his honor, but his court sages hasten to persuade him otherwise. The pyramid, they tell him, is not a tomb but a paradox: it keeps the Egyptian people content by oppressing them utterly. The pyramid is the pillar that holds power aloft. If it wavers, everything collapses. And so the greatest pyramid ever begins to rise. It is a monument that crushes dozens of men with the placing of each of its tens of thousands of stones. It is the subject of real and imaginary conspiracies that necessitate ruthless purges and fantastic tortures. It is a monster that will consume all Egypt before it swallows the body of Cheops himself. As told by Ismail Kadare,The Pyramidis a tour de force of Kafkaesque paranoia and Orwellian political prophecy. "A haunting meditation on the matter-of-fact brutality of political despotism." -The New York Times Book Review "Kadare's prose glimmers with the magic realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez." -Los Angeles Times Book Review "One of the most compelling novelists now writing in any language." -Wall Street Journal

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