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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I hated the Soviet books, full of sunshine, working in the fields, the joyous spring, the summer full of hope. Riesman says that the intractable force of tradition abates when the society is made to be self-conscious by interacting with other traditions, which end the monopoly.

Among his best known books are Chronicle in StoneBroken Apriland The Concertconsidered the best novel of the year by the French literary magazine Is,ail. The mind-boggling iskail I made after googling some of the elements in this translated story, written inare that ritual blood feuds actually happened in Albania’s past and are STILL happening today in the rural areas and mountains of Albania.

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Book ratings by Goodreads. Two destinies intersect in Broken Osmail. It is an invention as well as a reflection of what it means to be Albanian, and an exploration of both the ugliness and the dignity of a small, ancient, oppressed nation.

There was, for example, no samizdat publishing. But the novel spends far ismal much time on the boring, ridiculous Bessian and on characters such as Mark, who merely provided a different visual perspective.


There is always a sense of weirdness and unreality in the way the Mountainsmen deal with death, reveng When reading this book I recalled “Blindness” of Saramago. You risked being shot. Jul 14, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: As a reader who gets easily distracted, “Broken April” meant an unusual business to me: The murder must be undertaken only in certain areas of a home or a town, in certain times of the day, within a year.

He was born in Albania and went to University in Tirana, Albania. This books shares a lot with Lorca’s play, “Blood Wedding”.

Not that it really matters as what makes this novel very good is not its storytelling, but where the story itself happens. In that case, the justicer can inflict wounds until the blood account was fully paid.

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Here we have an author who definitely has something to say and somewhere to brokeen about. A stranger murdered on a family’s property draws its members into a fate of endless blood revenge until its men are all dead. I’m not working down the list regionally or alphabetically.

Broken April is haunting, dark, disturbing and yet strangely attractive. His education included studies at the University of Tirana and then the Gorky Institute for World Literature in Moscow, a training school for writers and critics. View all 8 comments. Return to Book Page.

Nov 03, Ivaelo Slavov rated it it was amazing. Feelings about Broken April The writing is simple, clinical, without embroideries. Since the husband makes a living writing about the Kanun, he proposed to visit the remote mountain villages where the laws are most prevalent. Published November 6th by Vintage first published November 23rd Ffs, what real-life culture would codify into their common law rules about ritual assassinations, a cascading continuation of murder after murder of selected individuals to be passed down from generation to generation?


It was just a painful read all the way around and I pushed myself to get through this relatively short book. Quotes from Broken April. Instead he revived old forms – parable, myth, fable, folk-tale, legend – packed them with allusion and metaphor, plundered the past.

At a late point in the novel, Bessian somewhat casually drops the name of Marx. Also, now I understand the Taken movie plot.

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It is this timelessness, this sense that these rules will continue until everyone is finally dead, that give this novel its most grievous quality. Sep 10, Ataur Rahman rated it liked it. Initially, I imagined that these rules were a product of the author’s imagination.

The robotic processes that are ismaill in place are close to Kafka, and specifically The Castle. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. User Review – Flag as inappropriate The book is very well written, but overall the plot and the story line seems to drag on.