Broken April [NOOK Book]

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Set high up in the Albanian mountains, this novel tells of the tragic deaths of a young couple on their honeymoon. Their deaths become inextricably linked to a vendetta. The author has also written "The General of the Dead Army" and "Doruntine".
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Broken April

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Overview

Set high up in the Albanian mountains, this novel tells of the tragic deaths of a young couple on their honeymoon. Their deaths become inextricably linked to a vendetta. The author has also written "The General of the Dead Army" and "Doruntine".
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Editorial Reviews

Herbert Mitgang
"Broken April" is written with masterly simplicity in a bardic style. . . . With "Broken April," Mr. Kadare comes to the forefront as a major international novelist. -- New York Times
Wall Street Journal
"One of the most compelling novelists now writing in any language."
Christian Science Monitor
"...Kadare achieves a precise and delicate balance of wonder and horror, simplicity and irony....an accomplished storyteller."
Leonie Caldecott
"...compared with Gabriel Garcia Marquez....he induces that same ironic double-take...by means of the child's magical view"
NY Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Honeymooners in the mountains of Albania and a young man playing out a blood feud set the stage for this mesmerizing tale. Ordered by his father to obey the mandates of Kanun , or mountain law, Gjorg Berisha kills a a man to avenge the murder of his brother. According to the Kanun , however, it is the right and duty of the slain man's family to murder Gjorg after the bessa , or 30-day truce, expires in mid-April. Gjorg plans to spend the first, ``white'' part of that month as a wanderer, but first must walk to a distant village to pay a ``blood tax'' to the region's ruling family. On the way, he catches the eye of Diana Vorpsis, traveling in the mountains by carriage with her new husband, Bessian. Something about Gjorg, his role in the drama she hears about and his probable death captures Diana's soul. She becomes increasingly withdrawn as she longs to find the young man she has earlier glimpsed, while Gjorg is equally determined to find her and learn of her life before his April turns ``black.'' Thanks to simple prose and engaging details, the Albanian Kadare Chronicles in Stone makes this story of harsh yet romantic mountain life ring magically true. Sept.
New York Times
Ismail Kadare's fiction has been compared with that of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Certainly he induces that same ironic double-take in his readers, by means of the child's magical view of life that is larger than most adults realize
— Leonie Caldecott
Philadelphia Inquirer
One of contemporary fiction’s greatest prose lyricists.
Christian Science Monitor
In Broken April, Kadare achieves a precise and delicate balance of wonder and horror, simplicity and irony....[Kadare] is an accomplished storyteller with a keen sense of literary history.
Wall Street Journal
One of the most compelling novelists now writing in any language.
Nation
Writing like this is hard to stop quoting, it is musical not only in rhythms, but in its most elemental perceptions.
Village Voice Literary Supplement
Albania's most valuable literary export: the novels of Ismail Kadare.
— Ken Kalfus
Booklist
A great writer.
Los Angeles Times Book Review
Kadare's prose glimmers with the magic realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
The New York Times
Written with masterly simplicity in a bardic style....With Broken April, Mr. Kadare comes to the forefront as a major international novelist.
The Wall Street Journal
One of the most compelling novelists now writing in any language.
Los Angeles Times
Kadare's prose glimmers with the magic realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
The New York Times - Herbert Mitgang
A major international novelist.
Professor John Carey
Ismail Kadare is a writer who maps a whole culture—its history, its passion, its folklore, its politics, its disasters. He is a universal writer in a tradition of storytelling that goes back to Homer.
The New York Times - Leonie Caldecott
Ismail Kadare's fiction has been compared with that of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Certainly he induces that same ironic double-take in his readers, by means of the child's magical view of life that is larger than most adults realize
Village Voice Literary Supplement - Ken Kalfus
Albania's most valuable literary export: the novels of Ismail Kadare.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461663263
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 6/16/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 597,042
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Ismail Kadare, born in 1936 in the mountain town of Gjirokaster, near the Greek border, is Albania's best-known poet and novelist. Since the appearance of The General of the Dead Army in 1965, Kadare has published scores of stories and novels that make up a panorama of Albanian history linked by a constant meditation on the nature and human consequences of dictatorship. His works brought him into frequent conflict with the authorities from 1945 to 1985. In 1990 he sought political asylum in France, and now divides his time between Paris and Tirana. He is the winner of the first ever Man Booker International Prize.

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  • Posted December 13, 2008

    One of my favorite books

    Broken April is one of my fav books that was written by ismail kadare. <BR/>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!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2003

    One of the greatest living writters of our time!

    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.

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