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Broken April - Ismail Kadaré
Broken April
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Two destinies intersect in Broken April. The first is that of Gjor, a young mountaineer who (much against his will) has just killed a man in order to avenge the death of his older brother, and who expects to be killed himself in keeping with the provisions of the Code that regulates life in the... show more
Two destinies intersect in Broken April. The first is that of Gjor, a young mountaineer who (much against his will) has just killed a man in order to avenge the death of his older brother, and who expects to be killed himself in keeping with the provisions of the Code that regulates life in the highlands. The second is that of a young couple on their honeymoon who have come to study the age-old customs of the place, including the blood feud.While the story is set in the early twentieth century, life on the high plateaus of Albania takes life back to the Dark Ages. The bloody shirt of the latest victim is hung up by the bereaved for all to see—until the avenger in turn kills his man with a rifle shot. For the young bride, the shock of this unending cycle of obligatory murder is devastating. The horror becomes personified when she catches a glimpse of Gjor as he wanders about the countryside, waiting for the truce of thirty days to end, and life with it. That momentary vision of the hapless murderer provokes in her a violent act of revulsion and contrition. Her life will be marked by it always.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781561310654 (1561310654)
Publisher: New Amsterdam Books
Pages no: 216
Edition language: English
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Sushicat
Sushicat rated it
4.5 A window into another world
It's Gjorg's turn to murder a man in the blood feud. There are many rules to be adhered to in the Kanun, the codex that governs life in the mountains of Albania. How to proceed with the murder, how to deal with it's aftermath, the cost of a missed attempt... We learn about this from Gjorg as he cons...
Lagraziana's Kalliopeion
Lagraziana's Kalliopeion rated it
4.0 Ancient Rules of the Albanian Highlands: Broken April by Ismael Kadaré
This book written by one of the most famous Albanian writers of our time takes the reader back into the Balkan past when blood feuds were still common in the remote highlands... less than a hundred years ago. It’s 17 March when twenty-six-year-old Gjorg Berisha from the village Brezftoht lies in w...
Lagraziana's Kalliopeion
Lagraziana's Kalliopeion rated it
4.0 Ancient Rules of the Albanian Highlands: Broken April by Ismael Kadaré
This book written by one of the most famous Albanian writers of our time takes the reader back into the Balkan past when blood feuds were still common in the remote highlands... less than a hundred years ago. It’s 17 March when twenty-six-year-old Gjorg Berisha from the village Brezftoht lies in w...
thebookcoop
thebookcoop rated it
Broken April is about the Kanun, an ancient Albanian ritual of the blood feud which for centuries has claimed thousands of lives. It is about honour rather than vengeance. One murder must be avenged with another – and then that murder must to be avenged and this can go on until every man from that f...
The Library of Babel
The Library of Babel rated it
4.0
"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 b...
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