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Abril quebrado

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  1,436 ratings  ·  133 reviews
El protagonista absoluto de ABRIL QUEBRADO es el , ley de sangre no escrita que rige de forma inexorable la existencia de los montañeses de Albania. Por el , Gjorg Berisha se cobra la sangre de Zef Kryeqyqe, cuadragésima cuarta víctima de una venganza que se prolonga ya durante setenta años, constituyéndose a su vez en su deudor. Como contrapunto a la historia que protagon ...more
Paperback, 203 pages
Published June 30th 2001 by Alianza (first published November 23rd 1978)
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Ataur Rahman
When reading this book I recalled "Blindness" of Saramago. Broken April is haunting, dark, disturbing and yet strangely attractive. The narration is so matter of fact yet the chill of death is looming in every word. It is the story of the relentless Kanun holding sway over the Albanian mountainsmen. The currency of the Kanunis death and so death seems as ever-present as money is in our society. There is always a sense of weirdness and unreality in the way the Mountainsmen deal with death, reveng ...more
Lorenzo Berardi
"Broken April" is a haunting story with an out of time charm. There are not many novels around with such a simple and yet powerfully evocative style. More than the plot in itself what counts here is the atmosphere Kadare is able to recreate.

I actually perceived the mist and the cold as well as the brightless nights and the wind-swept landscapes where the novel takes place with an uncommon intensity.
As a reader who gets easily distracted, "Broken April" meant an unusual business to me: this book
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Dennis
Mar 24, 2008 Dennis rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with the mildest curiousity about Albania
This is a strange book. When I lived in eastern Europe, I was told there were two sorts of Eastern European countries, those which were highly-developed and industrialized (Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary) and those which were not (Bulgaria, Romania) as well as those which were a mix of the two (Yugoslavia, Soviet Union) but no one knew anything about Albania. Reading this book, it's like the land that time forgot because you're never quite sure where you are in history. (As it turns out, it's A ...more
Sara
I absolutely loved this book-- a well-written bittersweet love story that is set in Albania. The novel really explores the lifestyle of those who lived on the high plateaus of the country in the early 20th century and their code of ethics, (namely the never-ending blood feuds that allow a death for a death, with family constantly having to sacrifice one of their own).
Maryam Hosseini
وقـتی که خـون آدم مشـخـصی گریبان انسـان را بگیرد، غلبه بر آن دشوار اسـت، ولی با خونی که معلوم نبود از کجـا سرچشـمه می گـیرد و کجا خـشـک می شـود چـه می توان کـرد؟
این خونی ساده نبود، بلکه سیلابهای خون نسل های انسانی بود که در سراسر فلات جاری می شد، خون جوان و پیر، از ...سالها و قرن ها پـیش
Bikki
I realize that I should like this book - lots of people like this book. I read the ending twice and it just didn't happen. I didn't like the ending, although I can grasp the "poeticness" (yes, I just made up that word) of it. I struggled with the story, with a story line that was intriguing, but bloody. It was just a painful read all the way around and I pushed myself to get through this relatively short book. I wouldn't recommend it and maybe after we discuss it at book club I will appreciate i ...more
Nick
In "Broken April", Ismael Kadare, Albania's best-known writer, focuses on the blood feud traditions of his country's uplands. The Albanian blood feud is far beyond the angry impulse that compels even the studious Hamlet to revenge his father; instead, its rituals are laid down in the law that governs this part of Albania. The intent of the law is to regulate 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 ...more
Adam
The version I read was in English. It was a translation of the French translation of the original Albanian. I feel that the story has not suffered because of this double translation.

This haunting tale, which revolves around the Law of Lek, the codification of feuding in traditional Albania, is brief but brilliant. As in his other works, Ismail Kadare captures a great deal with a few words.

Read this and anything else by this author.
Tara Newton
A visceral breakdown of emotions. A darkness of souls. A terrific relationship between the eye and the world. Beautiful climax. A film.
Daniela
Das ist ein perfektes Buch für all die Ausländer, die Albanien gleich mit Blutrache assozieren und darüber nur Vorurteile bilden. Kadare schafft es die Blutrache nicht nur als ein grausames Phänomen mit sozialen und ökonomischen Folgen darzustellen, die über Jahrhunderte hinweg das Zusammenleben der Einwohner dieser Gegenden streng geregelt hat. Er sieht es auch al seine auβergewöhnliche Erscheinung, als etwas übernatürliches, episches und groβartiges, das Albaner erfunden haben. Indem er die Bl ...more
Brenda C Kayne
An amazing work of fiction that explains a dismal, distressing, oppressive, and highly ritualized code of revenge in an obscure area of Albania. Much to my dismay, this code of revenge is fact. (I googled it.) Perhaps this is Kadare's point. The book, hands down, is my favorite "dark" book because it so explictly depicts the karmic absurdity of revenge.

One wonders if revenge is actually a natural response or perhaps a form of defensive behavior gone wrong. At any rate, our desires for revenge de
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Andrew
I read some Kadare in college, but I don't remember it being anywhere this rough. I mean that in a good way. In terms of its ensconcement in tradition, its confrontation with the more-modern world, and its focus on one human in an inhumane situation, it reminds me of a great many African novels I've read more than other Eastern European novels. If a Russian or a French or a Japanese writer wrote something like this, we could comfortably place it under the banner of "absurdism," i.e. meaningless ...more
Brian
What an eye-opener of a book. I never realized that something like the vendetta existed in such a serious and organized fashion. On the high plateaus of northern Albania, the north country rrafsh, the people live by the code, by the Kanun. This is a written set of codes that covers all aspects of living, and dying. The Gjakmarrja, blood feud, is the focus of this book.

When Gjorg's brother is killed by a neighbor, it becomes Gjorg's duty to avenge his death. This immediately marks the end of Gjor
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Folboteur
After spending 7 days in Albania with my brother, I wanted (needed?) to understand this odd culture a little better. Specifically, what's up with the whole "blood feud" thing?
Kadare's brief novel very cleverly and delicately weaves together two very different stories of commitment and conformity to the norms of Albanian society. Gjorg must enact his part in a long standing chain of revenge between his family and the Kruyqeqe family. Meanwhile, city girl (?Name?) travels with her new husband/auth
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Voldemort
Sep 24, 2014 Voldemort rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Voldemort by: Ambra
Shelves: albanian
I wanted to read this book for a long time even if Kadare has never been one of my favorite writers. Although, since this book was recommended, I decided to give it a try. And what a fine surprise it was.
The main subject is opened plainly, giving us a swift conflict, that of vengeance, a delicate issue for our country. At the same time, the finale is also prearranged. In fact Albanian people can understand it better, because they already know a bit regarding Kanun. But a foreigner, who isn’t fa
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Andrew
As I started this book I knew it was set in an Albania earlier in the 20th century yet was so intrigued by the idea of communities having ritualistic blood feuds in which a killing leads to families, generation by generation, killing members of the other clan, each murder triggering a revenge killing of an individual yet the whole thing being governed by rules that are centuries old and are abided by , that I searched on line the word 'Kanun' and found that even in the last 10 years there are re ...more
Jodi
This book took me deep into the Albanian mountains and into their centuries-old blood feuds. This is a topic that I knew little about before reading Kadare's book. The author challenged me to wonder why some cultures evolve and others are locked in tradition. Two stories are interwoven in this novel, giving it two separate vantage points. A fascinating read!
Anca
I think it's obvious from the time it took me to finish this tiny book that I wasn't exactly crazy about it - I didn't hate it but it didn't make me eager to steal some minutes here and there for reading either.

The kanun, the law of the land in old Albany, is the central part of this novel. Three storylines give us majorly different perspectives on it - the foreigner, the direct participant and the supervisor. It freaked me out a bit, probably because this book focuses so much on its bloody part
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Kathleen Dixon
This is not a book intended to make the reader comfortable.
The funeral took place the next day around noon. the professional mourners came from afar, clawing their faces and tearing their hair according to the custom. . . . Gjorg, too, walked in the procvession. At first he had refused to take part in the ceremony, but at last he had given in to his father's urging. . . . "But I am the Gjaks," Gjorg had protested. "I'm the one who killed him. Why must I go?"
It's inconceivable, isn't it? A murder
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Jane
Set in the interwar years, this haunting novel tells of an Albanian blood feud, as it affects several people: Gjorg [George], the unwilling killer of his murdered brother's killer; Bessian and Diana, a honeymooning couple who want to see the mountain area of Albania and to investigate the customs firsthand; and Mark, the "steward of the blood" [He collects what is called a "blood-tax" from a murderer's family and maintains Book of the Blood, giving details of every blood feud going back centurie ...more
Karen
My daughter gave me the English translation of this novel and another one by Ismail Kadaré for Christmas and it immediately got placed in the stack of other books waiting to be read. After visiting her in Albania recently, I became so intrigued by the country and its people that I bought another book by him while I was there and moved this book to the top of the pile. The Albanians I encountered during my stay there were warm, friendly and helpful and I enjoyed being able to walk about freely, n ...more
Kastel
"It was the second time in his life that he had lain in wait to take revenge, but the man he must kill was the same one, so that this ambush was really an extension of the other." -- p. 8

"Up to a certain hour, the day seemed endless to him, then, suddenly, like a drop of water that after having trembled a moment on the flower of a peach tree, falls suddenly, the day would shatter and die." -- p. 161

"She began to talk about that boy, and to tell how he had been killed, but as she spoke -- and thi
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Anda
In Aprilie Spulberat, Kadare reda maretia mortii. Acea maretie legiferata si perpetuata de kanun si, mai ales, de partea lui cea mai lugubra, gjakmarrja. Moartea care implineste glorios viata si care, si mai mult, ii da sens. E absolut fascinant modul in care Ghorghiu si muntenii lui provoaca moartea – o intimpina. Nu e resemnare, ci e barbatie si onoare. Nu ca nu ar fi ezitare in jocul asta viata-moarte, insa neindeplinirea gjakamarrjei inseamna oricum condamnare la o viata lipsita de onoare. P ...more
Johann Guenther
KADARE, Ismail: „Der zerrissene April“, Frankfurt 2007
Schon auf den ersten Seiten wird man in die albanische Kultur eingeführt: Blutrache. Ein Mann lauert einem anderen auf und erschießt ihn. Viel Ritual gehört da auch dazu. Immer wieder wird auf den Kanun, das Buch, dass alles regelt Bezug genommen. Vieles dreht sich um Tod und Mord. So gibt etwa der Vater der Braut seinem Schwiegersohn eine „Mitgiftpatrone“ mit. Wenn die Ehefrau davonlaufen will, darf sie der Mann erschießen.
Kadare ist ein aus
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Laura
A brilliant and captivating read. The first book I have read by Kadare, critical and critically acclaimed Albanian writer. Broken April explores the hidden world of the blood feuds in Albania, the unquenchable eye-for-eye death trade that still continues amongst the most traditional tribes. A fascinating topic, told through the lens of three intriguing and well drawn characters. Kadare's use of language, though translated from the original Albanian, is precise and cutting. I was on the edge of m ...more
Javier de la Peña Ontanaya
Esta breve pero intensa novela de Kadaré es simplemente adictiva. Contiene lo mejor de la literatura de viajes, rigor histórico y ficción. Kadaré recrea a la perfección el ambiente rural, místico y cultural de las zonas montañosas de Albania, donde se vive de forma paralela al resto de la vida 'urbana'. Incluye muchos nombres y conceptos en albanés, pero no agobian, sino todo lo contrario. La palabra de honor que rige en las montañas albanesas se nos presenta aquí a través de diferentes ojos: lo ...more
Rebecca Forster
Oct 28, 2014 Rebecca Forster rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rebecca by: Albanian friends
As I write this I am in my third week of a five week stay in Albania. I have been here before. Albania blood feud inspired one of my own novels. This time around, I wanted to immerse myself in Albanian culture and to that end I read Broken April by Albania's award winning author Ismail Kadare. This book could be read as a story about love and inspiration. But inspiration can lead to change and how change is interpreted as good or bad depends on the motivations of the characters. I was delighted ...more
Robert Beveridge
Ismail Kadare, Broken April (New Amsterdam Books, 1998)

Some literature exists in a state of paradox, and usually does from the time of its conception. When an author decides to write a book for an audience that is exclusively, or almost exclusively, alien to your source material, you find the need to explicate about that source material in a nonfiction kind of way that really has no place in a novel (or collection of short stories or poem or film or what have you), and that is pretty much a guar
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Saskia
Himmel, war das langweilig. Aber nun weiß ich alles über den Kanun und Blutrache im Speziellen..........
Gregor Samsa
„Včera jsem měl chuť… Ohromnou chuť…,“ šeptl jí do ucha. „Ale co se dalo dělat…“
Dál pronášel důvěrnosti. Poslouchala ho, kousala se do rtů, vyhýbala se mu pohledem a byla rozpolcená mezi touhou, aby mlčel a aby zašel ještě dál.

„Má obava je jiného druhu, ale ani já sama nejsem schopna ji přesně popsat. Před chvílí jsi pronášel slova božstva, osud a nevyhnutelnost. To všechno je nádherné, avšak zároveň děsivé. Nechci nikomu způsobit neštěstí.“
„Aha,“ pronesl pobaveně. „Jako každou vládkyni tě korun
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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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