Books set in Albania (8)


1.

Avril Brisé by Ismail Kadaré FR

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Albania flag Albania
Description:
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
Recommended: 06 Jan 2018

2.

Broken April by Ismail Kadare EN

Rating: 3.5     15 Votes
Country: Europe / Albania flag Albania
Description:
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
Recommended: 04 Sep 2022

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Chronicle in Stone by Ismail Kadare EN

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Country: Europe / Albania flag Albania
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Recommended: 04 Jan 2018

4.

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

Rating: 5     2 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
Recommended: 08 Oct 2022

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

Rating: 3     1 Vote
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
Recommended: 10 Jan 2023

6.

The Fall of the Stone City by Ismail Kadare EN

Rating: 3.5     3 Votes
Country: Europe / Albania flag Albania
Description:
Shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2013.In September 1943, Nazi troops advance on the ancient gates of Gjirokastër, Albania. The very next day, the Germans vanish without a trace. As the townsfolk wonder if they might have dreamt the events of the previous night, rumours circulate of a childhood friendship between a local dignitary and the invading Nazi Colonel, a reunion in the town square and a fateful dinner party that would transform twentieth-century Europe. A captivating novel of resistance in a dictatorship, and steeped in Albanian folklore, The Fall of the Stone City... continue
Recommended: 18 Jan 2023

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The Palace of Dreams

The Palace of Dreams by Ismail Kadare EN

Rating: 3.9     7 Votes
Country: Europe / Albania flag Albania
Description:
At the heart of the Sultan s vast but fragile empire stands the mysterious Palace of Dreams: the most secret and powerful Ministry ever invented. Its task is to scour every town, village and hamlet to collect the citizens dreams, then to sift, sort and c
Recommended: 16 Nov 2022

8.

The Siege by Ismail Kadare EN

Rating: 4     7 Votes
Country: Europe / Albania flag Albania
Description:
In the early fifteenth century, as winter falls away, the people of Albania know that their fate is sealed. They have refused to negotiate with the Ottoman Empire, and war is now inevitable. Soon enough dust kicked up by Turkish horses is spotted from a citadel. Brightly coloured banners, hastily constructed minarets and tens of thousands of men fill the plain below. From this moment on, the world is waiting to hear that the fortress has fallen.The Siege tells the enthralling story of the weeks and months that follow ' of the exhilaration and despair of the battlefield, the constantly shifting... continue
Recommended: 28 Jan 2018


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