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Broken April [Ismail Kadare] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Gjorg is a young mountaineer who (much against his will) has just killed a . This scene from Ismail Kadare’s novel Broken April (), a fable of vendetta in the north Albanian highlands, discloses both a narrative and a. Broken April is in large part a description of the brutal blood feud traditions of the Albanian highlands, based on a four-century old set of rules.

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Return to Book Page. Preview — Broken April by Ismail Kadare. Broken April by Ismail Kadare. From the moment that Gjorg’s brother is killed by a neighbour, his own life is forfeit: After shooting his brother’s killer, young Gjorg is entitled to thirty days’ grace – not enough to see out the month of April.

Then a visiting honeymoon couple cross the path of the fugit From the moment that Gjorg’s brother is killed by a neighbour, his own life is forfeit: Then a visiting honeymoon couple cross the path of the fugitive.

Broken April, Ismail Kadare

The bride’s heart goes out to Gjorg, and even these ‘civilised’ strangers from the city risk becoming embroiled in the fatal mechanism of vendetta. PaperbackNew Editionpages. Published November 6th by Vintage first published November 23rd To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Broken Aprilplease sign up. Did Gjorg die in the end? Sarah H This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [Yes he was killed by a member from the rival family on the last isnail of the book!

Broken April

See 1 question about Broken April…. Lists with This Book. Mar 06, Adina rated it really liked it Shelves: Real life interference did not help either. This is going to be long so I made some headlines for easier navigation. Ismaail started writing during the Communist regime in Albania and most of his work was either criticized or banned in the country because it appeared to criticized the regime. Kadare became famous internationally when his novel, The General of the Dead Army, was published in France.

In Broken April, Kadare writes about one of them most peculiar and specific parts of Albanian culture, the feudal set of laws, Kanun, and its terrible Vendetta rules, Gjakmarrja. When one person is killed the family members are bound to revenge rboken murder by taking the life of the killer and so on.

Bessian and Diana are btoken their Honeymoon. Since the husband makes a living writing about the Kanun, he proposed to visit the remote mountain villages where the laws are most prevalent. Although at the beginning the couple is close, as they continue their journey and discover more about the traditions they become more and more distant.

Kadaare Bessian finds himself fascinated by the Kanun and Gjakmarrja, Diana is silently appalled. One day, Diana sees Gjorgu as he returns from the blood tax payment and becomes fascinated by the young man and marked by his sad destiny. Albanian History To understand the appearance of The Kanun in Albania I believe the history of the country should be understood. It was the victim of numerous wars, apdil and sorrows, like almost all Balkan countries.

Iadare Albanian GR friend. Don’t forget the roman empire rule, the Byzantium rule, ottoman empire rule for almost years, 2 world wars and later the Italian protectorate. Just think about what a mixture of mentalities and circumstance behaviours developed throughout history. It was spread mainly in the mountainous North of the country where foregners and their laws could not enter.


It was first codified in the 15th century and it was used in that for until broke century. Regarding the Gjakmarrja, the laws say that if someone is killed the family members have to find and revenge the murder with blood.

The family of the initial murderer now has to revenge their death and so on. The result is generations old family feuds and hundreds of deaths, resulting even in the complete decimation of a family.

If this was crazy, note that if a person is murdered as a guest, the host is responsible to revenge the death. So, if you are lucky enough to have your guest killed, then the course is on you. If the murdered person is outside the village but still looking towards it then the responsibility is still with the host. According to the Kanun, visitors cannot be denied entrance in a house without facing serious punishment.

In the novel, an entire village was burned down because they refused to shelter a visitor. As such, if a stranger knock on the door he has to be received, no matter if he wears the Gjakmarrja mark, a black bandana around the arm.

I also have to mention a few marriage rules. Marriage is never cancelled. Even if the future wife is dying she will be brought to get married. If there is a death in the family the marriage will continue.

The dead goes out of the house and the wife inside. I was appalled by all these rules, which in my opinion are barbaric and illogic. I might be is,ail to understand them in feudal ages but some of them lsmail still used Today. Many Albanian have left the country citing the blood feuds as the reason for their refugee seeking.

Some were fake, true, as the endemic corruption in Albania found a way to make money from this as well. Corruption and bad management of the state is actually one of the main reasons of the Kanun revival. Feelings about Broken April The writing is simple, clinical, without embroideries. However, the feeling of doom and irreversibility is masterfully done.

The repetition of the Kanun laws coming from different characters only adds to the overhanging dark atmosphere. I am thankful that I read Broken April even if it haunted my dreams for a while.

Also, now I understand the Taken movie plot. View all 21 comments. Published inthe book explores one of Kadare’s recurring themes; how the past affects the present.

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Mar 24, Dennis rated it liked it Recommends it for: 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 kadrae industrialized Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary and those which were not Bulgaria, Romania as well as those which were a mix of brkoen 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 This is a strange book.

As it turns out, kadsre Albania between the two World Wars but there are no clues. Two story threads which meet but in an unsatisfying way, a land where blood vendettas between families last for centuries, people are travelling by coach, spril it doesn’t seem like another century, just a palce where progress has forgotten to arrive.


I can’t say that I liked the book or didn’t like the book, only that it took me to a place where I’d never been and scared the borken out of me a bit. Jul 08, Lorenzo Berardi rated it really liked it Shelves: 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: I don’t know that much about Lsmail apart apfil being aware that Italian fought a useless and aggressive war there “We kaddare break the kidneys of Albania!

For a striking majority of Italians, contemporary Albania is a God-forsaken country, a place good for ruffians, pimps, prostitutes and hosting bogus universities where our dull politicians get their fake degrees. Besides, the massive waves of desperate immigration coming from the coasts of Albania which reached Italy in the s didn’t help in the way our neighbours are perceived. It’s true how there are Albanians involved in criminal activities in Italy, but then again btoken always the bad guys who get all the news.

Just like it brokken with Romanians – who share a similar bad reputation in Italy and had a megalomaniac dictator too – there are brokeh of good, honest, hardworking and considerate Albanian immigrants between the Alps and Sicily. But this is pretty obvious, isn’t it? A code where vengeance through family feuds under brutal but strict rules is a focal point and that reminded me quite a lot the way disputes were handled kadaee some parts of southern Italy and Sardinia.

The Albanian Kanun, however, seem to be more structured and taken more seriously by the local inhabitants than its Italian less official counterparts. This novel speaks about the Kanun and the people living and quite often dying according to its principles, but it’s also an excellent cross-section of the Albanian mountaineers, a people able to welcome the Church and the Islam without losing most of its peculiar habits and with a fascination for towers.

There is a distinct beauty in the uniqueness of “Broken April” and this quality more than compensates the slight disappointment of a plot and an ending which could have been a bit better.

Not that it really matters as what makes this novel very good kwdare not its storytelling, but where the story itself happens. This is the first book by Ismail Kadare I’ve ever read and most likely the first of a long series. Here we have an author who definitely has something to say and somewhere to speak about.

I’d like to listen more of it. Una novela muy interesante, con unos personajes muy bien trabajados y que trata un tema que hace que la lectura sea muy amena: Sep 10, Ataur Rahman rated it liked it. When reading this book I recalled “Blindness” ismil Saramago.

Iwmail 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.