Author: Lloyd Jones
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Price: $19.95 (Paperback)
If you had the chance to assume a new life, would you take it?
In this reissue of Jones’ 1993 novel Biografi, that’s exactly what small town Albanian dentist Peter Shapello does on one transformative day when a chance visitor offers him the opportunity for a new identity. But Shapello’s second self isn’t as low-profile as his first — he’s to be the stand-in for Albanian leader Enver Hoxha, appearing as Hoxha on official business.
Biografi wryly evolves Shapello’s new persona while alluding to the state of Albanian bureaucracy after communism.