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20 popular albanian books
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Europe Challenge" were written by authors from Albania. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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Avril Brisé by Ismail Kadaré FR

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Albania flag Albania
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Deux histoires s'entrecroisent ici: celle de Gjorg, le jeune montagnard qui vient de venger la mort de son frère et qui attend le châtiment selon les termes du Kanun, et celle d'un jeune couple en voyage de noces, venu dans cette mème région pour étudier les coutumes ancestrales et sanglantes de cette vendetta d'honneur. L'action a beau se situer au début du xxe siècle, la vie sur les hauts plateaux d'Albanie nous enfonce dans le Moyen Age. Le choc est si grand pour la jeune mariée qu'il sera fatal à son bonheur. Et cette expérience tragique va faire basculer son époux, écrivain mondain, dans ... continue

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Broken April by Ismail Kadare EN

Rating: 3     3 Votes
Country: Europe / Albania flag Albania
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Gjorg is 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 accordance with the Code that regulates life in the Albanian highlands. A young couple on their honeymoon has come to this place to study its age-old customs-including the blood feud. In Broken April, Ismail Kadare intersects the fates of both Gjorg and the young couple with visions of an unending cycle of obligatory murder and the horrifying effects it has on their respective lives. "Dostoevskian in its dark vision."--Kirkus ... continue

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Chronicle in Stone by Ismail Kadare EN

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Masterful in its simplicity, Chronicle in Stone is a touching coming-of-age story and a testament to the perseverance of the human spirit. Surrounded by the magic of beautiful women and literature, a boy must endure the deprivations of war as he suffers the hardships of growing up. His sleepy country has just thrown off centuries of tyranny, but new waves of domination inundate his city. Through the boy’s eyes, we see the terrors of World War II as he witnesses fascist invasions, allied bombings, partisan infighting, and the many faces of human cruelty—as well as the simple pleasures of life. ... continue


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Doruntine by Ismail Kadare EN

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...a magical parable of love, death and the power of familial bonds. -Stephen Salisbury, New York Times Book Review


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El palacio de los sueños by Ismaíl Kadaré ES

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Albania flag Albania
Description:
La construcción fabulosa de una especie de reino de la muerte, de un infierno en el que los sueños y el inconsciente colectivo son analizados y censurados, se convierte en una de las mejores alegorías del poder totalitario de Ismaíl Kadaré, así como uno de sus más perfectos logros narrativos. El joven Mark-Alem, vástago de los Quyprilli, influyente familia de procedencia albanesa, y promotora de importantes reformas en el seno del Imperio Otomano, consigue un atractivo puesto de funcionario en EL PALACIO DE LOS SUEÑOS, inquietante organismo estatal al que cada ciudadano está obligado a enviar ... continue

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Elegy for Kosovo by Ismail Kadare EN

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Country: Europe / Albania flag Albania
Description:
This battle established the Muslim foothold in Europe and became the centerpiece of Serbian nationalist ideology, justifying the campaign of ethnic cleansing of Albanian Kosovars that the world witnessed with horror at the end of the past century. In this eloquent and timely reflection on war, memory, and the destiny of two peoples, Ismail Kadare explores in fiction the legend and the consequences of that defeat."--BOOK JACKET.

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Free : A Child and a Country at the End of History by Lea Ypi EN

Rating: 4     6 Votes
Country: Europe / Albania flag Albania
Description:
For precocious 11-year-old Lea Ypi, Albania’s Soviet-style socialism held the promise of a preordained future, a guarantee of security among enthusiastic comrades. That is, until she found herself clinging to a stone statue of Joseph Stalin, newly beheaded by student protests. Communism had failed to deliver the promised utopia. One’s “biography”—class status and other associations long in the past—put strict boundaries around one’s individual future. When Lea’s parents spoke of relatives going to “university” or “graduating,” they were speaking of grave secrets Lea struggled to unveil. And wh... continue

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La cena equivocada by Ismail Kadare ES

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Albania flag Albania
Description:
Septiembre de 1943, una columna blindada alemana cruza la localidad albanesa de Gjirokaster. Va al mando el coronel Fritz von Schwabe. Una partida de guerrilleros abre fuego contra la avanzadilla, como réplica los alemanes toman rehenes. El doctor Gurameto cree reconocer en Schwabe a un antiguo compañero de estudios en Alemania y le invita a cenar siguiendo la tradicional hospitalidad balcánica. Durante la cena, aprovecha para pedirle que libere a los rehenes, incluido al farmacéutico judío. Pasan diez años, los comunistas controlan el poder. La paranoia estalinista de los complots contra el s... continue


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