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Broken April

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From the moment that Gjorg's brother is killed by a neighbour, his own life is forfeit: for the code of Kanun requires Gjorg to kill his brother's murderer and then in turn be hunted down. After shooting his brother's killer, young Gjorg is entitled to thirty days' grace - not enough to see out the month of April. Then a visiting honeymoon couple cross the path of the fugitive. The bride's heart goes out to Gjorg, and even these 'civilised' strangers from the city risk becoming embroiled in the fatal mechanism of vendetta.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 16mm | 281.23g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099449870
  • 9780099449874
  • 33,595

About Ismail Kadare

Ismail Kadare was born in 1936 in the Albanian mountain town of Girokaster near the Greek border. He is Albania's best-known poet and novelist. He established an uneasy modus vivendi with the Communist authorities until their attempts to turn his reputation to their advantage drove him in October 1990 to seek asylum in France. He has been awarded the first ever Man Booker International Prize.show more

Review quote

"His work is as immense as Balzac's, as unrelenting in its critique of dictatorship as Orwell's, and as disturbingly fantastical as Kafka's. 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. Kadare is perhaps the last 'national writer' of European history" Independent "Broken April, a haunting account of the paroxism of the vendetta in northern Albania between the wars, is one of the twin peaks of Kadare's career" Observer "The story is plain, the telling plainer, yet the overall effect is mysterious and elusive as only a fable can be" Guardian "With Broken April Mr Kadare comes to the forefront as a major international novelist" New York Times "Forcefully and simply written...completely authentic" Sunday Timesshow more

Review Text

In France Kadare is regarded as one of the great European novelists, a Nobellist in waiting. Nor is this the only French connection: for some reason his work doesn't come to us in direct translation from the Albanian, but is first filtered through a French version. No matter: this grim, gaunt novel about a blood feud in a 20th-century society which is still essentially medieval is probably the place to start with Kadare. Review by Julian Barnes, whose books include 'England, England' (Kirkus UK)show more

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'One of the most remarkable European novelists of the twentieth century' Independent From the moment that Gjorg's brother is killed by a neighbour, his own life is forfeit: for the code of Kanun requires Gjorg to kill his brother's murderer and then in turn be hunted down. After shooting his brother's killer, young Gjorg is entitled to thirty days' grace - not enough to see out the month of April. Then a visiting honeymoon couple cross the path of the fugitive. The bride's heart goes out to Gjorg, and even these 'civilised' strangers from the city risk becoming embroiled in the fatal mechanism of vendetta. See also: The General of the Dead Armyshow more

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