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."..a magical parable of love, death and the power of familial bonds."--Stephen Salisbury, New York Times Book Review
Paperback, 168 pages
Published June 5th 1998 by New Amsterdam Books (first published 1979)
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The Ghost Rider was initially published in English under the title Doruntine and it is another case of translation from French, not from the original Albanian. This situation puzzles me and has turned many people off from reading Ismail Kadaré's The Palace of Dreams, which I find a really good novel (but then, I've read the Romanian translation). Is there a serious deficit of translators from Albanian into English? It seems that Kadare’s works were regularly translated into French by his long-st ...more
Jun 26, 2015 Stela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stela by: Ema
Ghosts of the Tale

I have always had a fascination for stories built on myths, legends or folkloric tales, for they tend to give another dimension to the nations subconscious that I’ve always believed populated by the latters. And I find it extremely interesting to see how these stories feed at the same time on the old and new, on the local and universal, on the real and the imaginary, how they can gain and lose specific meanings in time without losing beauty and depth.

And here it is, Ismail Ka
Apr 13, 2014 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: balkan, albania
This superb short novel by Ismail Kadare was written in 1979 in Tirana, Albania. At that time, the country was ruled by its oppressive dictator Enver Hoxha. Like most of his ilk, he had no tolerance for dissent. Kadare and his fellow writers had to mind what they said and wrote to keep out of trouble. By setting his novel "Doruntine", which is to some extent about heresy, in the era before the Ottoman invasion of Albania, he was able to disguise his observations of modern Albania to such an exte ...more
فهد الفهد
Jun 26, 2011 فهد الفهد rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
تنبيه: في السطور التالية كشف لأحداث الرواية.

من أعاد دورنتين؟

هذه هي قراءتي الأولى لعمل من أعمال الروائي الألباني المرشح لنوبل الآداب منذ سنوات (إسماعيل كاداريه) – أو قادريه وهو أصل الاسم إن أصابت ظنوني -.

يقال بأن الأساطير، هي ثيمة كاداريه الدائمة – وأنا هنا لا أملك إلا أن أعتمد على الأقوال، ما دامت رواياته الأخرى تنتظر في مكتبتي ولم أشرع في قراءتها بعد -، هذه الرواية لا تبدأ كالعادة بأسطورة يتم الاتكاء عليها، وإنما تقوم بفعل معاكس، أي إنتاج أسطورة، من أعاد دورونتين؟

هذا هو السؤال الألباني القلق
Jul 03, 2011 Ann32 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: albanian
I've read the book when I was in high school because of an assignment and as I wasn't much of a fan of Kadare I thought I wouldn't like this book at all.
Well, I was wrong.

The book is based on an old legend and taken from there to become a sort of mystery/yellow story with hints of political and historical discussions. The main line is an investigation and follows the hero struggle to find the truth about the death of Doruntine while trying to keep hold of his own personal problems. The story is
Interesting retelling of the "Ballad of Dorentine and Constantine", an old Albanian legend from the Middle Ages in a short novel. Dorentine, who has married someone in Bohemia, far from Albania, is brought back to her mother by a mysterious horseman. Shortly thereafter, she and her mother both die. Here is the text of the original ballad:

Kadare's story picks up where the ballad leaves off. Captain Stres of the local militia sets out to find just what REA
Jun 29, 2016 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could choose any living author to write an episode of Game of Thrones, I would choose Ismail Kadare (Yes, I watched the last episode of Season 6 the night before finishing this book). Kadare's ability to write stories bring to life the past (or alternative pasts) well-grounded in mythology, legend, and history but imbued with the perspective, confidence, and cynicism of modernism (low, high, and post-) is among the greatest. Keep in mind this is after one, often two, translations to bring i ...more
A. Fedosia
Feb 15, 2012 A. Fedosia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based on the legend of "The Ballad of Constantine and Doruntine", the story is a detective mystery in the Middle Ages to discover the identity of the horseman who carried Doruntine from Bohemia to her dowager mother's home in Albania. When she and her old mother die soon after she claims Konstantin, a brother dead three years, brought her through one long, starry night, an explanation is called for. Was D's saying K brought her a coverup for a romantic escapade from her marriage in a distant cou ...more
راضي النماصي
روعة روعة روعة، على الرغم من الترجمة العادية والنهاية المستفزة جدًا.

من منا لا يحب الخلود في التاريخ؟
الكل قد جرب ذلك هنا.
Mar 30, 2015 Anca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I think I've had Broken April on my to-read list for more than 5 years and for about the same amount of time I've had it on my bookshelves. Maybe it was for this reason that I was expecting to really like both the book and it's author, but it wasn't exactly my cup of tea. It felt wrong to dismiss Kadare after one short book though, especially since it's little likely that I'll read another Albanian classic anytime soon (or ever). Seeing Doruntine is a retelling of an old legend, I thought it wou ...more
صوتٌ أبيض
Sep 24, 2015 صوتٌ أبيض rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
من أعاد دورنتين؟
ليس مجرد تساؤل عادي
إذ احتشدت الرواية كلها في محاولة للإجابة عليه

هذه الرواية للكاتب الألباني يحاول أن يوصل للقارئ رسالة

في هذه الرواية تتداخل الأسطورة مع الأحداث اليومية في الرواية

لعل الكتب أراد أن يتحدث عن ثورة الشعوب ضد ما هو سائد عن يقضتهم وقيامهم حتى لو بعد مدة ليعيدوا الأمور إلى نصابها خاصة أن الكاتب كتب هذه الرواية في فترة صعبة كانت تمر بها بلاده.

بقي عقلي مشغولا من أول صفحة إلى آخر صفحة، بل إلى ما بعد ذلك
في محاولة مني لفهم ما توحي به الشخصيات الأسطورية واسقاطاتها على الحياة ا
Anu Korpinen
Aaveratsastajan tarina on levinnyt ympäri Eurooppaa, ja on tuttu myös suomalaisessa kansanperinteessä. Kuollut sulhanen tulee noutamaan morsiantaan, ja vasta matkan päättyessä hautausmaalle, tyttö ymmärtää matkanneensa vainajan kanssa. Albanialaisessa versiossa tytön noutaja on tämän veli, ja määränpäänä on kaukainen koti, ja siellä odottava perhe.

Ghost Riderissa tarina on kerrottu paikallisen viranomaisen näkökulmasta, ja melkein dekkarimaisesti aletaan selvittää kotikyläänsä yllättäen ilmaantu
Nov 28, 2010 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the surface the most obvious comparisons to The Ghost Rider would be The Name of the Rose and The Brother Cadfael Mysteries since both features a character that might be considered the precursor of today’s police detective. Unlike the Franciscan friar, William of Baskerville, or the Benedictine monk, Brother Cadfael, Ismail Kadare’s Captain Stres is, a servant of the state who strives to remain neutral on the issue of religion. The problem is he has to solve the mystery of how a dead man coul ...more
وأخيرآ ترجمة تحترم القارئ، اللغة المستعملة فيها سهلة وغنية وبعض التشبيهات كانت جميلة. ولا ننسى الفضل للكاتب الذي استحضر قصة دورنتين. القصة في عنوان الكتاب، معظها كانت إعادة السؤال أكثر من إعطاء جواب لها مما جعلها مملة بعض الشي، لكن لو حدث العكس لانتهت القصة قبل بدايتها. في الوهلة الأولى تعتقد القصة مجرد قصة تحقيق عن من آعاد دورنتين، إلا أنها أعمق من ذلك، ففيها الأحداث تلتمس مبادئ مذاهب الكنائس المتنازعة في وقتها ، و تحيي أسئلة تجاه أهلية القوانين الحاكمة في ألبانيا أنذاك وغيرها. رواية لطيفة صراح ...more
Aug 31, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the blurb that comes up on Goodreads for this book calls it "a medieval mystery," it's not. It's actually a very modern book cloaked in an old Albanian legend. A young girl who has married and lives far from her home arrives just as her mother is dying. When asked how she got there, she replies that her brother Kostandin brought her. However, Kostandid and his 8 brothers have been dead for three years, dying just after the girl's wedding. So how DID she get there? The local constable is ...more
Aug 01, 2014 Casidhe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

Personally, reading Kadare proves to be more of a cultural experience as opposed to an immersive one, and in the recently translated version "The Ghost Rider", the tension between the two is much more so.

Fortunately for the novel, its primary narrative is incredibly engaging, and Kadare's choice to use the ancient fable of Doruntine and Konstandin proves its immense cultural significance, to both native Albanians and international readers alike. Another commendable part of the novel is
Corina Romonti
Nov 23, 2011 Corina Romonti rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: are-you-kidding
In my humble opinion there are 2 possibilities here:
1. This is a really poor translation of the book. The narrator can`t make up his mind if he`s stuck in medieval times or he`s traveled into the future, losing his identity. He seems a bit schizophrenic. The usage of the words seems a bit sloppy as well.
2. Ismail Kadare isn`t such a brilliant writer...or maybe this isn`t one of his good books.
I really hope it`s the first one.
Jan 28, 2016 Kallie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To me, the p.o.v. makes this a meta folktale. A resurrection from the grave is rumored to have occurred, a dead brother fulfilling his vow to bring his sister to see his mother when she needs her daughter. The p.o.v. character, Sres, is responsible for finding a solution acceptable the powers that be, who demand an explanation that does not involve resurrection (which would be heresy, since only Christ can have been resurrected). Stres struggles not only with facts, which are hard to come by, bu ...more
Aug 30, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was beautifully written, but I found the ending so unsatisfying and confusing! When I googled it a bit more, I found it was based on an Albanian folk tale, and somehow, putting it in that category made it sit easier with me.

It's the story of an investigator looking into two mysterious deaths: Doruntine and her mother both die from shock after learning that the mysterious rider who brought Doruntine home to visit was her dead brother Konstantin.

The framing of the story with the investi
Jul 03, 2013 Simona rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book did not convince me, maybe because it had a kind of spooky/ horror subject. The whole story of Kadare's novel turns around the following question: Did the deceased brother of Doruntine bring back his sister as he promised to his mother?
Aug 08, 2012 Mike rated it it was ok
Wasn't a waste of time because it was short...fortunately!!

there was never any real interest in this novel for me. Perhaps a little background historical info on albania would have helped, but I doubt it!!

Anyway, it's done!!
Fatima Alammar
Dec 02, 2012 Fatima Alammar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
هذه المرة الثانية التي أقرأ فيها لـ إسماعيل كاداريه، وأعثر على ذات الخصائص التي تميّز أسلوبه في الكتابة، "ثقل" المحتوى بالأفكار- مُصاغة في قالب ذكي، شيّق، مثير، ودون التخلّي عن نسمات الشاعرية بين الحين والآخر.
May 06, 2012 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy... That was a few evenings of reading that I'll never get back. Albania folklore or Political Satire... I didn't like it. Perhaps something was lost in translation.
I'm not sure if this story is based on an old legend but essentially a woman that was married off comes back home and claims that her brother brought her, but her brother has been dead for three years. So her mother due to shock and her daughter become ill and die. So it's up to the authorities to figure out what really happened because ghosts aren't real. Or are they?

I'm not sure if it's because this novel was translated into English by the French translation, but I found the text rather plain
Dec 30, 2010 Cristian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: balkans
La storia narrata da Kadare nel romanzo Chi ha riportato Doruntina (CHRD, originale: Kush e solli Doruntinen?, 1980), lungi dal soffermarsi sull’interessantissima vicenda della Besa, si cui tra poco parliamo, è in realtà un concentrato di allegorie e di richiami più o meno riconoscibili alla nostra contemporaneità.
Scritto, o almeno, pubblicato nel 1980, rappresenta una delle tante prove magistrali dell’autore di Argirocastro, tanto che il testo viene studiato nelle scuole superiori, non solo in
Aug 21, 2013 Rea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A retelling of an old Albanian folk tale, this was very different from what I was expecting - not to mention a far cry from what I usually read - but it was really good!

When Doruntine is returned home to her Albanian village from her new home in Bohemia, no one can figure out how she made such a long journey. She claims that her brother, Kostandin, brought her, but her brother died three full years ago. So who brought Doruntine home?

This is the question that Stres faces. As the local law enforc
Jan 02, 2014 Claire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This tale made me want to read something else of his, so I have two other novels of this author's composition, the second I haven't described here yet! His others will follow in subsequent months, even in non-Serbo-Croatian as they must be, for I'm still pretty struggly in Russian, and I want to master that if I'm going to study any other European language. THEN maybe I'll touch other Cyrillic languages. (Some Chinese is written in Cyrillic! Especially over by the border, though Mongolia is kind ...more
Jun 12, 2011 Danny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
There's this Albanian folk tale/legend/myth about a woman who marries a man very far from her village, much to the chagrin of her mother. But her brother promises he will bring the daughter back to visit whenever her mother wishes. The brother, unbeknownst to his sister, dies. Three years later a man calling himself her brother shows up in the far-off land and brings her back to her village before disappearing towards the graveyard. Her mother informs her that her brother cannot have brought her ...more
Nov 03, 2011 Oana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read (164 pages - the rest of the book was excerpts from The Siege), I found the pace of the story easy to get through. As with any translation, I wonder how much is lost as there is little complexity to the language. One thing I am not a fan of is too much repetition. This novel even had verbatim repetition of key sentences as the detective mulled over the case, which sounds reasonable of the author now but it read funny.

Plotwise, I am in awe of writers who can come up with "twists." No
Jul 10, 2016 Brent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find it fascinating to explore inspirations for other beloved works from maybe more famous authors. This story is the foundation for Poe's 'Lenore' poem. I was indeed enchanted. I felt some sentence structure was lost in translation from the original Albanian, but not egregious enough to cripple the tale. There were some uncomfortable themes contained but not presented in a perverted manner. A thoroughly enjoyable darkly romantic read.
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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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