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 first is that of Gjor, a young mountaineer who much against his will has just killed a man in order to avenge the death of his older brother, and who expects to be killed vroken in keeping with the provisions of the Code that regulates life in the highlands.

The bridegroom, a writer, is fascinated by the blood feud culture, and sees it as material for future work, but his bride is understandably horrified. Archived from the nroken on 13 January At a late point in the novel, Bessian somewhat casually drops oadare name of Marx. The dead goes out of the house and the wife inside. Instead he revived old forms – parable, myth, fable, folk-tale, legend – packed them with allusion and metaphor, plundered the past.

I am not one who supports the concept of “proportionate response”. Kadare became famous internationally when his novel, The General of the Dead Army, was published in France. Views Read Edit View history. I didn’t like the ending, although I can grasp the “poeticness” yes, I just made up that word of it.

Kadare has been mentioned as a possible recipient for the Nobel Prize in Literature several times. bdoken

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When the story focuses on Gjorg, it is riveting and breathtaking. At other times we didn’t. Was it a mistake to have a honeymoon in the mountains? I’m not oversaturating my reading list all at once with these titles. I feel that the story has not suffered because of this double translation. A kind of privilege attaches to these facts – the rich uncles, the Kadare name, the proximity to Hoxha – and eased his path.


More than the plot in itself iismail counts here is the atmosphere Kadare is able to recreate. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. When reading this book I recalled “Blindness” of Saramago. It is not clear whether he has actually read or understood him, but in my opinion, he would have done far better by himself to attend carefully to Nietzsche’s famous dictum “If you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you”. I actually perceived the mist and the kadarre as well as the brightless nights and the wind-swept landscapes where the novel takes place with an uncommon intensity.

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It was arpil victim of numerous wars, occupations and sorrows, like almost all Balkan countries. Jul 14, Sarah rated it aprol was amazing Shelves: As far as a novel goes, Broken April is a bit uneven. Among his best known books are Chronicle in StoneBroken Apriland The Concertconsidered the best novel of the year by the French literary magazine Lire. One day, Diana sees Gjorgu as he returns from the blood tax payment and becomes fascinated by the young man and marked by his sad destiny.

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So he takes his young, beautiful, and impressionable wife Diana to the highlands on their honeymoon-cum-research-trip. I’m still blown away. I’d like to listen more ismai, it.

The currency of the Kanun is death and so death seems as ever-present as money is in our society. Plus, an ancient book ixmail laws and mores, a book called the Kanun which describes how when and where these murders should occur, along with required ritual chanting which must kadxre performed while murdering, is actually a real book STILL followed religiously by some rural villages in Albania!

And it’s drizzling in the grey mountains, where the widow in black sits by the road above the village where all the men are hiding in towers. He opened it at the first page and “I saw ‘murderers, the ghost of Banquo, enter First Witch’. This dark short novel is a good introduction to Kadare. This is the first book by Kadaare Kadare I’ve ever read and most likely the first of a long series.


Broken April, Ismail Kadare

I am not joking or exaggerating. The people of the Albanian plateaus live like people of the 13th century, in my apil. Some of Kadare’s work was tolerated, some – The MonsterThe Palace of Dreams – interdicted hours after publication. Another character in the novel, Bessian Vorpsi, is a journalist. It’s a wonder that those who subscribe to the Kanun as a rule for life have not gone extinct by now.

The story is not only those things. His writing career began with poetry that rejected the declamatory Albanian tradition and was admired for its directness. Nov 02, Bikki rated it did not like it.

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However, I thought a particular plot device, an ancient book of laws and social mores which is the source of the problems that the main character, Gjorg Berisha, endures, was a fictional invention of the author. No kadarre or quizzes yet. Just think about what a mixture of mentalities and circumstance behaviours developed throughout history.

No society would make up such an idiotic Code! While Apdil finds himself fascinated by the Kanun and Gjakmarrja, Diana is silently appalled.

Not all of Kadare is like this, and so far in my reading this is by far the best. View all 8 comments. InKadare claimed political asylum in France, issuing statements in favour aprul democratisation. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.