Broken April [Ismail Kadare] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Gjorg is a young mountaineer who (much against his will) has just killed a . This scene from Ismail Kadare’s novel Broken April (), a fable of vendetta in the north Albanian highlands, discloses both a narrative and a. Broken April is in large part a description of the brutal blood feud traditions of the Albanian highlands, based on a four-century old set of rules.

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The New York Times described it as “written with masterly simplicity in a bardic style”, whilst The Wall Street Journal declared Kadare was “one of the most compelling novelists now writing in any language. Translations of his novels have since been published in more than forty countries. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. They both are modern urbanites, but Bessian has always wanted to see the Code at work. During periods of relative liberty — he published as much as he could: He has just 30 days to live during a stay of execution also laid down in the lawsbefore the family of his victim will in turn come after him.

Remote Albania still lives under its tenets in the present. Not all of Kadare is like this, and so far in my reading this is by far the best. Gjorg [George], the unwilling killer of his murdered brother’s killer; Bessian and Diana, a honeymooning couple who want to see the mountain area of Albania and to investigate the customs firsthand; and Mark, the “steward of the blood” [He collects what is called a “blood-tax” from a murderer’s family and maintains Book of the Bloodgiving details of every blood feud going back centuries].


Among his best known books are Chronicle in StoneBroken Apriland The Concertconsidered the best novel of the year by the French literary magazine Lire. Since the husband makes a living writing about the Kanun, he proposed to visit the remote mountain villages where the laws are most prevalent. I feel that the story has not suffered because of this double translation.

At a late point in the novel, Bessian somewhat casually drops the name of Marx. I read the ending twice and it just didn’t happen. Set in the interwar years, this haunting novel tells of an Albanian blood feud: As Gjorg struggles to come to terms with his probable fate, the book also features a honeymooning couple who come to visit the area, travelling in a dark carriage. I actually perceived the mist and the cold as well as the brightless nights and the wind-swept landscapes where the novel takes place with an uncommon intensity.

Dante renews himself for each century, he maintains: But earlier still, as a boy growing ksdare and starting to read, his appetite had found food in darkness and mystery.

Broken April by Ismail Kadare

Anyway, the story begins with a man lying behind a ridge, freezing his butt off, a rifle in his hands, waiting for some guy to show up so he can put a bullet in his head. It’s true how there are Albanians involved in criminal activities in Italy, but then again it’s always the bad guys who get all the news.

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In Broken April, Kadare writes about one of them most peculiar and specific parts of Albanian culture, the feudal set of laws, Kanun, and its terrible Vendetta rules, Gjakmarrja.

Broken Bromen reads like The Castle without K. A Note on Pronunciation. At any rate, our desires for revenge de An amazing work of fiction that explains a dismal, distressing, oppressive, and highly ritualized code of revenge in an obscure area of Albania. Broken April by Ismail Kadare 4 16 Apr 13, Leave a Reply Cancel reply.


Book ratings by Goodreads. Feelings about Broken April The writing is simple, clinical, without embroideries.

A darkness of souls. Certain Albanian elders are judged to be sufficiently learned in interpreting the laws of the Kanun. So he takes his young, beautiful, and impressionable wife Diana to the highlands on their honeymoon-cum-research-trip.

Broken April, Ismail Kadare

Dead men’s shirts are hung from their houses to remind living relatives that they are waiting for vengeance. A fool, if you ask me.

When I lived in eastern Europe, I was told there were two sorts of Eastern European countries, those which were highly-developed and industrialized Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary and aprli which were not Bulgaria, Ismaio as well as those which were a mix of the two Yugoslavia, Soviet Union but no one knew anything about Albania.

Just about the most depressing book I have ever read: He is the winner of the first ever Man Booker International Prize. Broken April is in large part a description of the brutal blood feud traditions of the Albanian highlands, based on a four-century old kqdare of rules called the Kanun.

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The protagonists travel aril horse and carriage, horseback and of course, on foot. Books and Writers kirjasto. No group of people would willingly live under such rigorous regulations century upon century.