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Gjirokastër —a cidade de pedra no sul da Albânia—vê desfilar as tropas alemãs que regressam da Grécia ocupada. Quem as comanda é um coronel nazi que em tempos fora colega de um dos dignitários da cidade—o Dr. Gurameto —na Alemanha. O reencontro do coronel von Schwabe com o seu antigo condiscípulo é efusivo e este convidao para jantar.
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Paperback, 172 pages
Published 2010 by Quetzal (first published 2008)
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This brief novel by the Albanian author Ismail Kadare encompasses much about the history of the land of his birth and the rest of the world that used to be ruled by communist regimes. As with many of his other novels, the author writes succinctly and clearly, expressing feelings and ideas with skilful economy of language. In 170 pages he has expressed what many other authors would only manage in a book with at least twice as many pages.

The story follows the fate of 'Big' Dr Gurameto, a senior do
I initially found this novel, the latest from Kadare, to be a Bridge on the Drina for the 1940s. The tics and hisses of History occur just off-camera. Barely audible. Life in the provinces continues. There is considerable traction made at the expense of the various groups within the titular town of Gjirokastër, which serves as stand-in for the Balkans as a disjointed whole. The story progresses from the Italian capitulation through the Nazi Occupation and ultimately into the postwar period where ...more
This book reminded me of Saramago's Blindness, and I really, really hated that book.

I didn't hate Kadare's book, it just annoyed me from page one and had me completely uninterested in everything and everyone in it. It sounds like it should be an interesting story, but I like stories with characters in them. Not these names/representations/ideas that walk around, especially when they live in personified cities (the city was arrogant, the city felt this and that, the city complained about...). Why
Ismail Kadare is an Albanian author who came to the world’s attention when he won the inaugural Man Booker International Prize in 2005. Since then he has also won the highly prestigious 2009 Principe de Asturias de las Letras in Spain as well and his novels have been translated around the world. I’ve read three of his books, The Accident and The Siege (and The Palace of Dreams before I started this blog) and I have four more on the TBR so you can count me as an enthusiast. I was delighted when h ...more
Evenimentele din "Cina blestemată" se derulează în Gjirokastra, un oraș-fortăreață aflat în partea de sud a Albaniei, foarte aproape de granița cu Grecia. În Gjirokastra - un oraș arogant care se consideră uneori mai deștept decât toată țara la un loc -, bârfa, discuțiile și supozițiile sunt la loc de cinste. Localnicii analizează minuțios evoluțiile pe scena politicii europene, raportând jocurile de putere la relațiile dintre doi medici ai orașului - care, fără a fi înrudiți, poartă același num ...more
Set in Kadare's home town, this is a thrilling tale, enigmatic and compelling, of a secret meeting in wartime Europe that changes the political course of a great city.

Many will look upon their meeting as a meeting of treason. A meeting of dining and music with the celebrated Albanian doctor and a German, is not what others would like to hear.
He does have a history with the guest back to his college days when they were something else before they became what they were.
The author incorporates in th
Caroline Bock
I haven't read any books by Albanian writers before THE FALL OF THE STONE CITY, but I will be reading more of Ismail Kadare. This novel was a wild ride through the Nazi occupation of Albania, one fateful dinner between a doctor and his supposed long-ago university friend, and the brutal communist oppression of Albania in the 1950s. It's a slim book, 168 pages, but packed with the evocative imagery of one doctor caught in a Kafka-like web of Nazis, and then, Stalin's secret service police. One wa ...more
Juliet Wilson
I realised Ismail Kadare was a great writer when I read his novel Broken April, which tells the story of blood feuds in the mountains of Albania. I've been waiting for him to win the Nobel Prize for Literature ever since.

The Fall of the Stone City is set in Gjirokastër, Albania, birthplace of both Kadare himself and the Albanian communist leader Enver Hoxha. The story starts in September 1943 as Nazi troops prepare to bombard the city. However, something stops them and it turns out that the Nazi
Sorin Hadârcă
A little masterpiece: history and fate condensed as never before. Reminds me of Marquez but stays very central European because of its humorous touch.
Jan 20, 2014 Linden rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adult readers

The Fall of the Stone City by Ismail Kadare, translated by John Hodgson

In The Fall of the Stone City, Kadare blends Albanian history and fiction. It is 1943 and Mussolini has just withdrawn from Albania. Now German Commander Colonel Fritz von Schwabe enters its capitol city, Gjirokaster, from Greece. He has blanketed the town with fliers proclaiming his arrival as that of a friend of Albania but has been fired upon. No one claims credit for this, neither the Albanians nor the communists.

Von Sch
The people of Gjirokastër spend their days speculating on the rivalry between two doctors; Big Dr Gurameto with his German connections and Little Dr Gurameto with his Italian. When, in 1943, the Nazis roll up to the city gates, a group of citizens fire upon them. Whilst the city folk fear the implications of this rebellion, Big Dr Gurameto recognises an old college friend in the Colonel and invites him and his men to dinner. Soon rumours are flying.

The Albanian city of Gjirokastër is a character
Writing over at The Modern Novel – a blog, the author (who only appears to be identified by the initials ‘TMN’) talks at length about Kadare’s writing. He has read over twenty of Kadare’s novels including those only available in French at the moment (Kadare writes in Albanian and then the works are translated into French and then from the French into English). In the article TMN has this to say about Kadare’s book:

[D]espite Canongate’s The much anticipated new novel, I doubt if The Fall of the S
Hugh Coverly
Kadare is at his best when he makes connections between the present and the past, and he does this again in The Fall of the Stone City. The past is not simple the past. Far from being dead, the past haunts the present. As it turns out, there are many ghosts in this superb novel.

Once again Kadare recalls the ancient Albanian code, The Kanun. Instead of focussing on the blood law, as he has done most memorably in Broken April, here he calls up honour through hospitality. This ancient law is put t
I liked this; brutal, satirical, pointed, and very political.

“I don’t understand this,” said a patient on crutches. “Say it straight. What’s this new time you’re talking about?”

“It’s called a new order. It’s what happens when the system changes. The first day is usually called zero hour. Then the numbering starts, one, two, three and so on. When they gave us the anaesthetic it was, let’s say, a certain time on such-and-such a day. We went under, and out of time. But time paid no attention. Time
Mihai Giurgiulescu
Almost novella-like, this story is classic Kadare: surreal and irrational characters and actions are thrown together to puzzle the mind about what life really could have been like in the Balkans during WWII and in the communist era that followed it. At the same time, it feels vague and unfocused, with a lot of threads left hanging. A key scene at the beginning is being referred to over and over throughout the book, yet its significance is never fully explained. With some unnecessary tangents and ...more
Matt Kuhns
This is good. Kadare has never let me down so far. I can't say as this one left a great impression on me, as did The Pyramid. But it was certainly compelling enough while reading it.

I think Kadare generally walks a remarkably fine line. So elliptical and mysterious that one might feel disappointed, after buying into the questions raised in his stories, he seems always to provide just precisely enough answers and no more. Rather extraordinary now that I think about it.
Janet H.
Kadare manages his usual mix of ambiguity; rumours that gain more credence than facts; pointless political dogma, the people who propound it and those who fall prey to it, plus power struggles that turn out to be about something different from what first seemed to be the case. And all this laced with a good dose of folk lore characteristic - I gather -of the area. The narrator maintains a significant distance between himself (for it is indubitably a he) and his story, and this provides the means ...more
Although I had heard of it, I had to look Albania up on a map as I started reading this short novel. The story of a doctor and a fateful dinner, the tale is by turns fantastical, highly political and a fable. I enjoyed the opportunity to get another perspective on the world in which we live.
Een bijzonder verhaal wat zich afspeelt in het albanese Gjirokaster. Een plaats waarbij het lijkt dat al het nieuws in de vorm van roddels binnenkomt. Roddels waarvan vaak niet achterhaald kan worden waar ze vandaan komen.
Hoofdpersonen zijn de twee doktoren Gurameto de kleine en Gurameto de grote, opgeleid in resp. Duitsland en Italie. Tijdens de inval van Duitsland in Albanie, herkent Gurameto de grote in een kolonel een oude studievriend. Hij vraagt hem te eten en krijgt de kolonel zo ver dat
This one was hard to rate. In terms of the writing it is definitely a 4 or maybe more. In terms of how much I liked it, a three. It was fascinating. Full of Albanian folklore and history with a focus on living in the times of dictators and defiance. But it really didn't have a character that grabbed me. It really didn't have characters or character development as we usually find in a novel. The main "character" is the city and its inhabitants. I guess I need characters to respond to or against. ...more
Rețeta unei cărți bune include câteva elemente esențiale: un subiect atractiv, personaje memorabile, un fir narativ croit cu meticulozitatea unui ceasornicar și, pentru că un volum se citește și mai bine când este contextualizat, un autor cu o istorie personală demnă de reținut. Pornind de la această formulă, Cina blestemată, semnată de scriitorul albanez Ismail Kadare, este romanul perfect, mai ales pentru cititorii care simt nevoia de a arunca o privire de cealaltă parte a istoriei.

de la sursă
Ian Young
Ismail Kadare is Albania’s best know poet and novelist – indeed, the only Albanian novelist whose work I have read so far as I am aware, and certainly the only one who I could name if called on to do so in an imaginary crisis where only the name of an Albanian novelist could save the day (the final question on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”, perhaps). He is also generally held to be one of the great living writers, and was awarded the inaugural Man Booker International Prize in 2005. I remember ...more
'Darka e Gabuar' eshte roman, i cili sipas sinopsisit te librit, thuhet qe bazohet ne nje ngjarje te vertete. Tregimi fillon me pushtimin e Gjirokastres prej gjermaneve, e vazhdon deri tek vdekja e Stalinit, duke dhene nje pershkrim shpesh ironik te jehones se ngjarjeve te medha boterore ne kete qytet provincial.

Per dallim nga 'Kronike ne gur' qe arrin te jape nje ngjyrim te mirefillte te Gjirokastres dhe banoreve te saj( pa marre parasysh sa fiktive qe jane ata apo jo), 'Darka e Gabuar' deshton
There is a place where the literary world and the gaming industry intersect. It's the Nobel Prizes. Once again this year you can place bets on who is going to win the Literature Prize.

Once again, Albanian author Ismail Kadare is considered a contender. As of this review, he's one of three authors listed at 14-1 odds with four authors ahead of them. Last year, he wasn't in the top 10. That has no bearing on whether Kadare will win this year but I am fairly certain he ultimately will be a Nobel la
My tendency to read books based on New York Times or NPR or Time Magazine reading lists gives me a fairly narrow view of the literary world, so I always appreciate the nudge to get out of my limited, Ameri-centric reading habits. Kadare’s novel–originally written in his native language of Albanian–approaches a familiar subject from an unfamiliar, distinctly un-American (also, un-Western European) perspective. The Fall of the Stone City is the story of Gjirokastër, a small Albanian town caught in ...more
“No quingentésimo dia, surgiu aos pés da cidade aquilo que jamais deveria aparecer: a primeira leva de refugiados. Eram incontáveis, expulsos da Chameria pelos gregos depois da retirada dos alemães, sob a acusação de pró-germânicos. O massacre mal terminara, deixando seus rastros por toda a parte: marcas de faca em berços de bebês, anciãos meio queimados, moças arrancadas das cinzas, sob o vento gélido que desconhecia a piedade.
“À esquerda avistavam a primeira cidade albanesa, que tantas vezes l
Um livro indeciso, que não sabe se quer ser fábula, se quer ser literatura do fantástico, se quer ser memória, se quer ser ficção. Também indeciso quanto aos males do nazismo e do socialismo, que são reduzidos a expressões individuais de inexplicável perdão (no caso do nazismo) ou de absurda tortura (no caso do comunismo). Em todo o caso, mostra o indivíduo como vítima - e agente - da história.

E serve para dimensionar a inteligência dos comunistas brasileiros, que por um tempo tiveram a Albânia
Hope So
Kατα τυχη αυτο ηταν το δευτερο στη σειρα βιβλιο Αλβανου συγγραφεα που διαβασα αυτες τις μερες. Εχω την αισθηση απο αυτο το μικρο δειγμα των 2 μονο βιβλιων που διαβασα, οτι η γραφη των γειτονων φανταζει περιεργη στον ελληνα αναγνωστη. Δε νομιζω οτι ειναι τοσο θεμα μεταφρασης, σε αυτο ειδικα μου φανηκε αρκετα προσεγμενη, οσο θεμα στυλ. Με ξενισε ο τροπος που ηταν γραμμενο. Η ιστορια θα μπορουσε να ειναι ενδιαφερουσα, αλλα παλι ενιωσα οτι ελειπαν πραγματα για να ειναι ολοκληρωμενη. Overall, μετριο.
Trish Graboske
This is the eighth of Kadare's novels that I've read. It's slight compared to some, but representative. My favorite is still The Concert. Albania was in a unique position to observe Mao's China. I've also read Chronicle in Stone, The Siege, The Palace of Dreams, The Pyramid, The Three-Arched Bridge, and The General of the Dead Army, going from favorite to least favorite.
Manifestly the work of a mature talent, The Fall intriguingly weaves folklore and history, local detail and cosmopolitan sophistication, personal passions and the consequences of a succession of crushingly impersonal ideologies. It's impressive, and occasionally beautiful, but the ironic distance and paucity of complex characters (only Big Dr Gurameto suggests any compelling depth) ultimately made this feel somewhat glib. The "big dinner" is at the center of the story is a great conceit but fail ...more
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Ismail Kadare (also spelled Kadaré) is an Albanian novelist and poet. He has been a leading literary figure in Albania since the 1960s. He focused on short stories until the publication of his first novel, The General of the Dead Army. In 1996 he became a lifetime member of the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences of France. In 1992, he was awarded the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca; in 2005, he wo ...more
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