Ismail Kadare





Ismail Kadare

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in Gjirokastër, Albania
January 28, 1936

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Ismail Kadare was born in 1936 in Gjirokastër, in the south of Albania. His education included studies at the University of Tirana and then the Gorky Institute for World Literature in Moscow, a training school for writers and critics.

In 1960 Kadare returned to Albania after the country broke ties with the Soviet Union, and he became a journalist and published his first poems.

His first novel, The General of the Dead Army, sprang from a short story, and its success established his name in Albania and enabled Kadare to become a full-time writer.

Kadare's novels draw on Balkan history and legends. They are obliquely ironic as a result of trying to withstand political scrutiny. Among his best known books are Chronicle in Stone (1977), Broken Apr
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Average rating: 3.82 · 10,711 ratings · 996 reviews · 119 distinct works · Similar authors
Broken April
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 1,338 ratings — published 1978 — 33 editions
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Chronicle in Stone
4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 1,115 ratings — published 1905 — 35 editions
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The General of the Dead Army
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 1,097 ratings — published 1963 — 40 editions
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The Palace of Dreams
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 1,106 ratings — published 1981 — 34 editions
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The Three-Arched Bridge
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 474 ratings — published 1978 — 26 editions
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The File on H
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 467 ratings — published 1981 — 16 editions
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The Siege
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 744 ratings — published 1970 — 37 editions
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The Successor
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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43 avg rating — 463 ratings — published 2000 — 25 editions
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Doruntine
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 476 ratings — published 1979 — 18 editions
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Spring Flowers, Spring Frost
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3.3 of 5 stars 3.30 avg rating — 443 ratings — published 2000 — 19 editions
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“It was only a phrase that went from mouth to mouth and was never quite swallowed.”
Ismail Kadare, Broken April

“And everything would be different, different.”
Ismail Kadare, Broken April

“To tell the truth, this was one of the few cases in which she had not told him just what she was thinking. Usually, she let him know whatever thoughts happened to come to her, and indeed he never took it amiss if she let slip a word that might pain him, because when all was said and done that was the price one paid for sincerity.”
Ismail Kadare, Broken April



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