One of Kadare's six favorite books, as shared at The Week magazine:
Dead Souls by Nikolai GogolRead about another book on the list.
Gogol's 1842 novel incorporates the two aforementioned masterpieces. The idea originated with the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, who suggested in a letter to Gogol that he should write a novel about the wanderings of a Russian Don Quixote who is at the same time the devil collecting souls. I think it was one of the most ingenious artistic ideas ever. It weaves together two different worlds.
Dead Souls is one of James Meeks's top ten books on Russia.