The General of the Dead Army by Ismail Kadare

The General of the Dead Army

Ismail Kadare

256 pages first pub 1963 (editions)

fiction historical challenging emotional reflective slow-paced


This is the story of an Italian general, accompanied by his chaplain, charged with the mission of scouring Albania in search of the bones of their fallen countrymen, killed twenty years earlier during World War II.

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dark 100%
adventurous 50%
challenging 50%
sad 50%
tense 50%
emotional 25%
mysterious 25%
reflective 25%


slow 50%
medium 25%
fast 25%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 100%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 33% | No: 33% | Yes: 33%

Loveable characters?

No: 66% | It's complicated: 33%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 66% | It's complicated: 33%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 33%

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