Broken Aprilby Ismail Kadare
Two destinies intersect in Broken April. 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 himself in keeping with the provisions of the Code that regulates life in the highlands. The second is that of a young couple on their honeymoon who
Two destinies intersect in Broken April. 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 himself in keeping with the provisions of the Code that regulates life in the highlands. The second is that of a young couple on their honeymoon who have come to study the age-old customs of the place, including the blood feud. While the story is set in the early twentieth century, life on the high plateaus of Albania takes life back to the Dark Ages. The bloody shirt of the latest victim is hung up by the bereaved for all to seeuntil the avenger in turn kills his man with a rifle shot. For the young bride, the shock of this unending cycle of obligatory murder is devastating. The horror becomes personified when she catches a glimpse of Gjor as he wanders about the countryside, waiting for the truce of thirty days to end, and life with it. That momentary vision of the hapless murderer provokes in her a violent act of revulsion and contrition. Her life will be marked by it always.
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Meet the Author
Ismail Kadare, born in 1936 in the Albanian mountain town of Gjirokaster near the Greek border, is Albania’s best-known poet and novelist. He has lived in France since 1990, following his decision to seek asylum. From 1986, under the Communist regime, Mr. Kadare’s work was smuggled out of Albania by his French publisher, Éditions Fayard, and stored in safe keeping for later publication. Translations of his novels have since been published in more than forty countries. In addition to Broken April, Ivan R. Dee also publishes his novels Doruntine and The General of the Dead Army. Mr. Kadare is the winner of the inaugural Man Booker International Prize 2005.
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Broken April is one of my fav books that was written by ismail kadare.
I have read this book many times, and i sure i will read it again. Sadly in northern and southern albania people still live their lives around the kanun. Its a moving story... Its a most read!!!!
2 honeymooners take a trip up North in the Albanian highlands that have loose government supervision and strong custom adherance. Our modern laws are overshadowed with a code of honor about 500 years old. The code of Leke Dukagjini or Kanuni i Lek Dukashinit as it is in Albanian helps guide life from its most basic activities and up until dignity and honor of man and family. Resemblence to the original Sicilian mafia may be drawn for a lack of a bettre reference point although the Kanun (code) is most probably eldest from the two. It is also important to note that the code has been safeguarded and adhered to mainly in the north and particularly in the mountains of Albania. So although Albanians have clear knowlege of its existence most do not have to encounter it in their daily lives...and so the story continues of the 2 honeymooners vacationing up North. The intrigues or horrors of the lifestyles are gut-wrenchingly brough alive through Kadare's words. A must read.