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Broken April by Ismail Kadare
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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, revenge, honour, realtionships,obeisance. Yet there is the uncanny feeling that our so called modern society is perhaps no different in the way it kills and mechanises death. The only difference, perhaps, is the great democracy of death under Kanunin contrast to the modern ritual democracy coupled with hypocrisy of patriotism and other isms which send the young, meek, gullible, poor into the jaws of death...
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Dennis I didn't read "Blindness" but my wife did and so I know the basic plot. I think you're quite correct to compare the two books, this otherworldliness that exists in the two books is quite similar.

Sarah I agree, there's a lot of Saramago in Kadaré, or vice versa.

message 3: by Roby (new)

Roby Hasn't he been awarded the Nobel Prize already?
Regarding Kanun, who is interested should really read something on the principles which the US justice system is built.

Traditional christian values.

The court of ordinary people is an example of common people judjing common people...

Evidently the same principles are applied in the Lek Dukagjini Kanun, a medieval prince in the actual-Albania territory.

I'm not a christian. I'm just interested in the evolutive formation of culture and tradition. Judeo christian, toards which Kadare has an inclination, ara e good synthesis of human experience.

Keisi Mancellari I must say I didn't really like the book and it may have something to do with the fact that I'm Albanian. What I mean is that Kadare hasn't done much but given a description of how the Kanun works in the form of a story. So basically it hasn't got an originality of its own. And I've always thought that foreigners to the Albanian culture are obliged to find it interesting but to us it's nothing more than an obvious story. Once you understand how it works, something we have always known, you'll see there was nothing mysterious about the book. Gjon was fulfilling his duty and in the end he was bound to die. It was only a matter oh how and when.

Keisi Mancellari @Roby he was nominated for a Nobel prize but didn't win

message 6: by Muhamet (new)

Muhamet Mehmetaj There are so many ignorants in this planet to get excited about Ismail kadare gosip writer books,this book and so on written by exile komuniste Ismail kadare are no contribution to the society, ismail kadare always write stories after the event wich for me is nothing but tale illustrated by komuniste in exile ismail kadare,it would really impress me if this ignorant kadare to invent somthing to serve us for beter and easy life rother then these bullshit stories.

message 7: by Muhamet (new)

Muhamet Mehmetaj All he is telling is the ignorance and he and his friends in power did nothing but made it worst ,it doesn't take much brain to wnderstand that in the society ruled by ignorance with no properly law and order people will defend themself by any costs,ismail kadare is part of that Albanian elites who enjoyed the luxury lifestyle in komuniste regime by persecuting ,victimize and killing overage albanian people ,as soon as the regime collapse he run way in exile for beter life living albanian in the disastrous state wich he and his friends created, ismail kadare a piece of shit smart inough te use the situation on his very personal favour.

Erion Murati I love this book and I'm proud to live at the time of Kadare .

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