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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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? I hated the Soviet books, full of sunshine, working in the fields, the joyous spring, the summer full of hope.

Broken April

That momentary vision of the hapless murderer provokes in her a violent act of revulsion and contrition. Retrieved from ” https: Broken April 1 20 Apr 30, Once one has become ensnared by the rules of the Kanun, there is no escape.

Lists with This Book. What glamour there is in the peasants’ lives derives from their participation in self-perpetuating blood-feuds, regulated like everything else by the ancient set of oral laws known as the Kanun. The novel is strongest when it stays with the doomed mountaineers; by inserting the young couple whose idea of a honeymoon is to travel uncomfortably in a carriage through this nightmare, Kadare strains credibility, dissipates tension, explain without explaining, and deprives what should be a tragedy of iwmail power it needs to become one.


As a reader who gets easily distracted, “Broken April” meant an unusual business to me: I’d stumbled on a goldmine.

Instead he revived old forms – parable, myth, fable, folk-tale, legend – packed them with allusion and metaphor, plundered the past.

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Just like it happens with Romanians – who share a similar bad reputation in Italy and had a megalomaniac dictator too – there are thousands of good, honest, hardworking and considerate Albanian immigrants between the Apeil and Sicily. A visceral breakdown of emotions.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I feel that the story has not suffered because of this double translation.

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He has lived in France sincefollowing his decision to seek asylum. 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.

Kadare is the winner of the inaugural Man Booker International Prize Else, the clock is still ticking when the murder must occur by the justicer on the victim, and ismakl fine is still owed the victim for each wound. The next day, ashen-faced, they went back to the central committee. He thinks the Kanun is a romantic relic of Albanian history, majestic and legendary.

See 1 question about Broken April…. About Ismail Kadare Ismail Kadare, born in in the mountain town of Gjirokaster, near the Greek border, is Albania’s best-known poet and novelist. The protagonists travel by horse and carriage, horseback and of ismaio, on foot. Jul 14, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: A code where vengeance through family feuds under brutal but strict broekn is a focal point and that reminded me quite a lot the way disputes were handled in some parts of southern Italy and Sardinia.


A stranger murdered on a family’s property draws its members into a fate of endless blood revenge until its men are all dead. Did Gjorg die in the end?

Author Ismail Kadare is probably unknown to most of us, gentle reader. Broken April is perhaps the most eye-opening view of a world I knew nothing about. Two destinies intersect in Broken April. Mar 06, Adina rated it really liked it Btoken As it turns out, it’s A This is a strange book. To read him is not to follow, as in English fiction, lives spotlit by lifestyle and current affairs, but lives snagged on the greater pendulum of history, of Balkan past and future. More than the plot in itself what counts here is the atmosphere Kadare is able to recreate.