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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He has lived in France sincefollowing his decision to seek asylum. I read that ‘Broken April’ takes place between the World Wars, but it is difficult for me to believe that. I felt Bessian was only a mouthpiece to explain the Kanunthe rigid set of laws governing every aspect of life and death of the mountain folk.

The intent iskail the law is to broksn the blood feud, to channel it in a way that keeps it from raging out of control, but the practical effect is to create a landscape of night In “Broken April”, Ismael Kadare, Albania’s best-known writer, focuses on the ismal feud ismqil of his country’s uplands. Set in the interwar years, this haunting novel tells of an Albanian blood feud: No prior censorship of literature existed in Albania.

In his other novels, this combination of vivid specification, to paraphrase Henry James, and political allusion is weighted differently, but as persistently present as the themes and images that identify him: The villager, not the unknown robber, becomes responsible for satisfying the Code of Blood Feud as stated in the Kanun.

In Ismai April, Kadare writes about one of them most peculiar and specific parts of Albanian culture, the feudal set of laws, Kanun, and its terrible Vendetta rules, Gjakmarrja.

The Castle has a constant parade of lives being ruined and Castle edicts being set down, all emanating from functionaries that owe their power to no seen people, just mysterious buildings the Castle itself and the Herrenhof.


Brlken ratings by Goodreads. Also, now I understand the Taken movie plot. I feel that the story has not suffered because of this double translation. His brother has been murdered, and he waits for a discussion about blood-compensation to be over.

Two story threads which meet but in an unsatisfying way, a land where blood vendettas between families last for centuries, people are travelling by coach, but it doesn’t seem like another century, just a palce where progress has forgotten to arrive. His first published novel ismai at 27 – was The General of the Dead Armyabout an Italian general sent to Albania to repatriate the bones of his soldiers killed during the war. Not that it really matters as what makes this novel ismaio good is not its storytelling, but where the story itself happens.

The bride’s heart goes out to Gjorg, and xpril these ‘civilised’ strangers from the city risk becoming embroiled in the fatal mechanism of vendetta. And it’s drizzling in the grey mountains, where the widow in black sits by the road above the village where all the men are hiding in towers.

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Albanian writers more or less had to work it out for ismaip. Nov 03, Ivaelo Slavov rated it it was amazing.

This all sounds like the middle ages gone mad, but the novel set in the thirties. Then it gets a bit Passage to India as done by Kafka. Broken Aprilmore or less, bears him out. The person who died could be a total stranger who was a temporary guest of a villager, like a thirsty traveler stopping to ask for a drink of water, who then was attacked by an unknown robber after leaving the village.

I can’t say that I liked the book or didn’t like the book, only that it took me to a place where I’d never been and scared the shit out of me a bit. Kadarre, the story begins with a man lying behind a ridge, freezing his butt off, a rifle in his hands, waiting for some guy to show up so he can put a bullet in his head.

He has made his name by works in which he waxed lyrical about the highlands, the peasants, and the Kanun. The story is not only those things. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Ixmail and Privacy Policy. I actually perceived the kqdare and the cold as well as the brightless nights and the wind-swept landscapes where the novel takes place with an uncommon intensity.


See 1 question about Broken April…. Wikipedia link to a description and history of the Kanun: The Albanian Kanun, however, seem to be more structured and taken more seriously by the local inhabitants than its Italian less official counterparts. A Note on Pronunciation.

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Broken April by Ismail Kadare 4 16 Apr 13, Else, the clock is still ticking when the murder must occur by the justicer on the victim, and a fine is still owed the victim for each wound. We haven’t had time to do it in much depth but I at least have had a deeper plunge into it, and frankly, it’s a towering thing.

The currency of the Ismaik is death and so death seems as ever-present as money is in our society. Then a visiting honeymoon couple ismaill the path of the fugitive.

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These towers are full of ex-justicers who are now vulnerable to revenge in the chain of murders in these blood feuds. Her life will be marked by it always.

There is always a sense of weirdness and unreality in the way the Mountainsmen deal with death, reveng When reading this book I recalled “Blindness” of Saramago.

This sounded like literature. As it turns out, it’s A This is a strange book.

The repetition of the Kanun laws coming from different characters only adds to the overhanging dark atmosphere. In other words, they were the same.