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Kroniek van de Stenen Stad

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Tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog worden in de omgeving van een opgroeiende jongen in Albanië de tradities bewaard.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 1991 by Van Gennep (first published 1971)
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Jim Fonseca
Sep 23, 2013 Jim Fonseca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: albanian-authors
Knowing where the title comes from tells us a lot about this book. The city and the stone houses themselves play such a part that they are like characters. The story is set in Gjirokaster, Albania, a city of stone perched on such steep topography that a drunk can slip off the road on one street and land on a roof of a street below. The uniqueness of the city has earned it UNESCO World Heritage Landmark status.


Kadare is the classic national writer of Albania. He was born in 1936, so this coming o
REVISED REVIEW! I was tired last night......

I loved this book. Why? Well, what I loved most was the writing style. I scarcely realized I was learning about the events occurring in Albania 1941-43!

The book description here at GR is practically nonexistent so I will explain a bit. Although fiction,this book is in fact about the author’s own experiences during the Second World War, when he was a child growing up in Gjirokastër, Albania. This is an ancient city near the Albanian Greek border. In 19
Stephen Hayes
Eleven years ago I was in Albania, and after being taken on a tour of the capital, Tirana, by a university student, Theofania, we sat down at a pavement cafe to rest and have something to drink. Theofania said that a man at the next table was Ismail Kadare, one of Albania's most famous writers. One of my recurring daydreams has been how nice it would be to sit at cafe tables having literary discussions, especially with famous authors. Tirana is a small enough town that one can see people doing t ...more
Sep 06, 2013 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I visited Gjirokaster in Albania in 1984 during the last year of the life of the country's dictator, Enver Hoxha. This town is the setting for "Chronicle in Stone" first published by Ismail Kadaré in Albanian in Tirana in 1971. It was also his birthplace in 1936 and that of Enver Hoxha in 1908. I can attest that the city is indeed, to quote Kadaré's words, " ... a stone carapace" inhabited by human flesh.

I did not realise until I read the book how many times the city had been occupied during WW
Dec 24, 2010 MV rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another amazing story from Kadare. The city of his birth is brought to life through a child's eyes during the various occupations and bombings that tormented the place during WWII. The most poetic prose and imaginative imagery highlight the story and make it one of the best I have ever read. The story overflows with beautiful, lovely, interesting characters and thoughts that could only come from a child's mind, so innocent and endearing that despite what is going on around him, he still knows wh ...more
Ghanem Abdullah

في روايته “قصة مدينة الحجر”، يحاول اسماعيل كاداريه أن يروي لنا شهادة تاريخية على لسان طفلٍ، عاش في مدينة “جيروكاسترا” الألبانية، وشهد فيها أصعب فتراتها التي تزامنت واندلاع الحرب العالمية الثانية، وتناوب الغزاة على احتلال ألبانيا، ثم طردهم أخيرًا على يد الثوار الألبان، ومن أعلامهم في هذه المرحلة الدكتاتور أنور خوجا.

يريد كاداريه لهذه الشهادة “الطفولية” أن تكون بريئة ومحايدة، ويمكن القول أنه استخدم هذه المدينة – وهي بالذات مسقط رأسه- ليعبر عن هوية الشعب الألباني، ومزاجه العام، واختار مدينته مسرحًا
Mar 14, 2011 Bennet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels-stories
"It was a strange city, and seemed to have been cast up in the valley one winter's night like some prehistoric creature that was now clawing its way up the mountainside. Everything in the city was old and made of stone...It was hard to believe that, under this powerful carapace, the tender flesh of life survived and reproduced."

At its heart, a barely adolescent boy is narrating his way through a neighborhood of friends and relations, while life as they have known it for generations is being upen
Terry Pearce
I wanted to love this more. The ideas and the character were marbled with genius, particularly some of the anthropomorphism. It made me think in moments of One Hundred Years of Solitude. But the language often bored me. It often lacked lyricism, and often seemed disjointed. Maybe it's a thing with translation -- this specific one or translation from this language. If the prose had sparkled, I could have fallen in love with this. Very interesting, in any case, but harder work than it might have b ...more
Fatema Hassan , bahrain

قصة مدينة الحجر
للكاتب الألباني إسماعيل كاداريه
ترجمة د عفيف دمشقية

من ربوع الأدب البلقاني تطالعنا هذه المدينة الحجرية الرمادية محبوسة ( بإنسانها الشفاف بطموحاته البسيطة و عجالته و تمائمه و خوفه من إي تغيير قد يطيح بمنطقته ) سنجدها بين صفحات هذه الرواية مرصودة بكل ما أوتي قلم كاداريه من واقعية سحرية تخلق لك عالم مذهل ، كاداريه يعولم برصده هذا قضية بلاده في تلك الحقبة مؤمنًا إن بمقدور من خلال بوابة الأدب خلق الظاهرة الأدبية التي تمحور بلاده في صدر الذاكرة لكل قارئ ، هو يخرجها من قلب القارة الأورو
Farhan Khalid
It was hard to believe that under this powerful carapace the tender flesh of life survived and reproduced

Our neighborhood was, so to speak, allergic to change

A disturbing surprise was waiting for me in that old house

The money they earn is a loan from death

The book I lay nearby


A thin object on the devan

It was so strange…

Between two cardboard covers were noises, doors, howls, horses, people

All sided by side, presses tightly against one another

Decomposed into little black marks

The city seemed

Me ha gustado mucho esta historia narrada desde la perspectiva del autor cuando era niño. Gracias a su narración he podido saber más de la guerra desde el punto de vista de los ciudadanos de un país pequeño acostumbrado desde sus origenes a invasiones extranjeras.

La forma de contarlo está llena de lirismo (a pesar del tema que trata). Me han gustado muchos pasajes del libro, os pongo uno de ellos donde se describe la ciudad: " ...ciudad asombrosa, donde se podía ir caminando y, de desearlo, alar
فهد الفهد
قصة مدينة الحجر

انتهيت منها قبل قليل، والمفترض أن أؤجل الكتابة عنها، حتى اكتب عن ثلاثة كتب سبقتها وتنتظر على مكتبي، ولكن سأكتب عنها، لأن هذه المراجعة ستكون قصيرة، أظن أن مدى حبي للكتاب وتأثري به ينعكس على حجم الأسطر التي سيتحول إليها عند المراجعة، وهذا الكتاب الذي حصل على نجمتين، لن يحصل على أسطر وفيرة لأنه ليس كادارياً، وكأن من كتب (الوحش) و(الحصار) رجل آخر !!! فالكتاب يبدو من خلال النبذة على غلافه الخلفي واعداً، مدينة ألبانية مائلة جداً بشكل عجائبي، ثم ماذا؟ لا شيء !! أحداث عادية يمكن أن تجدها
Rafa Sánchez
Nov 18, 2016 Rafa Sánchez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy buena novela. Me ha emocionado la descripción del mundo a través de los ojos de un niño, en la ciudad natal del escritor durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial. El autor describe magistralmente la fascinación ante los acontecimientos que viven su familia y amigos, el descubrimiento del mundo de los mayores con reglas que no puede entender y qué él reconstruye a su manera. Hacia el final de la novela, el pulso narrativo decae un poco y esa es la razón de que no la califique con 5 *.
راضي النماصي
لا سبب لاقتحام عالم كاداريه، سوى أنه روائي "الأستاذ/ فهد الفهد" المفضل.
كرواية أولى، وبشهادة صديقنا بأنها "أضعف ماكتب".. أجدها متوسطة.
لو بنى شخصيات أقوى بجانب الطفل ودجدجو، لكانت بالفعل ملحمة.

تبقى جميلة.
Chronicle in Stone, first published in Albanian in 1971 and sixteen years later in English in a translation whose author remains unidentified, describes life in a small Albanian town during World War II. The mystery of the novel’s translation was elucidated for me through an Internet search, and its story is worth telling: translated by an Albanian émigré who lived in the States and who is now dead, Arshi Pipa, the book was published without the translator’s name because he had entered into a co ...more
Apr 01, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
World War II is about to start but life for a young boy in a small town in Albania is still a game. Yet, as the town falls to the Italians, the Greeks, then the Nazis, the boy grows up. Falling in love with unattainable women, seduced by magic and literature and finally forced to flee, his existence changes from marvellous, terrifying and extraordinary into a primitive world where the severed arm of a British airman becomes a talisman and girls vanish--possibly killed by their own fathers. Forgi ...more
Oct 02, 2013 Indeneri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
City in Stone is narrated by a child living in an Albanian town, under occupation. In an strange dreamy way we read about the he town as if it were a living being that moves and feels.

This book is unlike any other I have read in how it describes the environment. The protagonist has a very over active imagination. He imagines all things around him to be alive and with movement, houses, streets, the stone bridge, even the city is described as a large animal, and rain drops being caught and diverte
Dec 29, 2011 Stephen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: albania, 20th-century
CHRONICLE OF STONE was unlike the two prior books by Kadare that I had read--THE THREE ARCHED BRIDGE and THE PALACE OF DREAMS--and that was unfortunate. Though the first couple chapters of this World War II novel hinted at an Escher-like cityscape and a talking cistern, suggesting that this too would be a story of fantastical imagination, those magical elements quickly disappear along with the boy narrator, who never develops any real identity in the book. What we get instead is a cast of severa ...more
Mai Muhammad
ربّما كانت ملحميّة، أدبيّة، ربّما هي رائعة.. لكنّها عن الحرب من منظور طفل ما لم يتحفنا أحد بـ كم يبلغ من العمر.
عن الحرب، أسوأ الأشياء في هذا العالم تتحدّث الرواية، عن النزوح عن البشر دون تعاطف يذكر بسرد خالٍ من أي تعبير نفسيّ ما أو أيّة إلماحة.
وربّما كرهتها لأننا نعيش في داخلها الآن..
Claudia Blanco
Aug 03, 2014 Claudia Blanco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great pleasure to discover this fantastic Albanian writer. His metaphors are supreme, fresh and original.
Alice Lemon
A friend recently convinced me to read “Chronicle in Stone” by Ismail Kadare. It is a semi-biographical novel about Kadare’s childhood in Gjirokastër, Albania during the Second World War. The book was interesting in general, but my mind keeps drifting back to one passage, about a gender non-conforming person named Argjir Argjiri. The narrator spends too pages discussing Argjiri and his upcoming marriage as one of many troubles plaguing the town:

As if all this were not enough, something else ha
Apr 10, 2014 Read rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Immediately, one of the most captivating things for me about Ismail Kadare’s Chronicle in Stone was how the narrator, a nameless boy, distinguishes old women as old crones:

The “old crones” were consulted. These were aged women who could never be surprised or frightened by anything any more. They had long since stopped going out of their houses, for they found the world boring. To them even major events like epidemics, floods and wars were only repetitions of what they had seen before.
Granny Shan
Tad Richards
Feb 22, 2017 Tad Richards rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes, beautiful, yes, sad, yes terrifying and warm and mesmerizing. But more than that, it gives a unique insight into a hitherto unknown world--a small city I Albania during World War II, one that is occupied and lost, occupied and lost. The narrator is a boy who understand what is going on as best he can; that is, with no other context than that of his immediate life. His only awareness of the outside world, in fact, comes from a book loaned to him by an older boy who is a student and something ...more
Feb 19, 2016 Dana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Cronică în piatră" este o scriere evocativă a anilor celui de-al doilea război mondial, dar şi o meditaţie asupra trecerii timpului oglindită în schimbările caracterului uman şi în cele ale mediului înconjurător.

Dincolo de caracterul istoric şi politic, dimensiunea cea mai interesantă a acestui roman o reprezintă frânturile autentice din viaţa locuitorilor din oraşul de la poalele munţilor, Gjirokastër. Deşi textul nu oferă indicii concrete cu privire la spaţiul real al întâmplărilor, discursul
Johann Guenther
Oct 22, 2016 Johann Guenther rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
KADARE, Ismail: „Chronik in Stein“, Frankfurt 2014
Schon nach dem ersten Kapitel merkt man, welch liebevolle Texte da geschrieben wurden. Eine an den Berghang gebaute Stadt aus Stein. Ein Bub erzählt von den Regentropfen, wie sie sich ihren Weg von den Wolken über die Dächer in die Dachrinne bahnen und dann in der finsteren Zisterne des Hauses landen.
Es geht um die albanische Stadt Gjirokastra, deren Steinbauten sich den Berg hinauf „aufschichten“. Aus der Sicht eines kleinen Buben wird die Zeit
Dec 21, 2016 Jessy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es un libro muy extraño, de repente me perdía y tenía que volver a leer un pedazo para entender de que estaba hablando. A pesar de esto, fue bastante interesante conocer sobre como se enfrentó esta familia a las invasiones extranjeras y a la guerra.
Youssef Azaroual
قصة مدينة الحجر، قصة مدينة ألبانية تعصف بها الحرب العالمية الثانية، و بين مد و جزر المتحاربين، تطفو على السطح بعض الصفات الإنسانية و الحالات التي تدعو إلى الحزن

أحداث الرواية في نصفها الأول تصيبك بنوع من الملل، لكن مع تقدم الأحداث تنغمس في الإيقاع البطيئ للأحداث و ترى بعين الطفل الذي لا أعرف إسمه، الذي تعمد الكاتب أن لا يذكره، و هي حيلة لكي تندمج مع الشخصية أكثر، حتى و إن كان طفلا

في النصف الأخر يبدأ الخط الدرامي في التصاعد و تتكشف بعض الأمور التي تظهر من جديد الإنسان بدون مكياج، كما هو..

كنت أظن أ
Nov 20, 2016 Rhys rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding novel by an utterly brilliant writer. In fact Kadare is probably the best writer I have discovered in the past decade. This is the fifth book of his I have read and it concerns the remarkable city of Gjirokastër during WWII with the conflict seen through the eyes of a child. Kadare perfectly captures the bewildering aspects of that period of history, further distorted by the perspective of the young narrator, to whom all things are mysterious and worthy of deeper investigation. Th ...more
Dec 06, 2007 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: balkans
Largely anecdotal and written in blistering prose, this book is a brilliant tale of a young boy growing up in occupied Gjirokaster, Albania. We learn about bomb shelters beneath the town citadel, heavily perfumed Italian soldiers, the fleeting appearances of the Greeks, and a boy's love for an aerodrome. This book was beautifully written and I loved it.

Oh, one other thing. I think it reminded me a little bit of the movie Empire of the Sun--a young boy's unflagging optimism held against the larg
A really wonderful and surprising book. I randomly happened to have gone to Albania and Gjirokaster for work and my colleague had read Broken April and was telling us about it. It turned out that we were in the town where Ismail Kadare was from so we toured his house and saw the famous room of the cistern (all renovated and not a trace of ancient memories left). In a gift shop I picked up this book and started reading and loved it immediately. It is both funny and sad and hints at the terrors of ...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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“If an animal has to be sacrificed when a new bridge is built, what will it take to build a whole new world?” 47 likes
“I couldn't get to sleep. The book lay nearby. A thin object on the divan. So strange. Between two cardboard covers were noises, doors, howls, horses, people. All side by side, pressed tightly against one another. Boiled down to little black marks. Hair, eyes, voices, nails, legs, knocks on doors, walls, blood, beards, the sound of horseshoes, shouts. All docile, blindly obedient to the little black marks. The letters run in mad haste, now here, now there. The a's, f's, y's, k's all run. They gather together to create a horse or a hailstorm. They run again. Now they create a dagger, a night, a murder. Then streets, slamming doors, silence. Running and running. Never stopping.” 32 likes
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