Reading about Albania: Broken April

With my reading choices sometimes limited by knowing only English, it was a pleasure to have quite a few options for this destination, even if they were almost all from one writer. It was without a doubt that I would delve into a novel by Ismail Kadare, a best-selling author in Albania since the 1960s, and someone who has had a big impact internationally for almost as long.

But with so many choices…you still have to make a choice. And I think I made the right one: Broken April. There’s not much I can add to the endless amounts of praise this book has received over the years, except to say that it deserves every word of it.

A melancholy story that takes place in an unidentified part of the 20th century, it unfolds like a fairy tale. Characters that are trapped by tradition, by family, by cycles that they are just part of and can’t control or escape. I don’t really want to say more, because you should experience this all for yourself. It’s well worth reading.

Shala Valley, Albania
Shala Valley, Albania
(Image by Albinfo (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
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3 thoughts on “Reading about Albania: Broken April

  1. Annette October 14, 2014 / 10:35 am

    That sounds lovely – thanks for the recommendation!

  2. biblioglobal October 14, 2014 / 12:04 pm

    Good to hear! I’ve got Broken April on my to-read list. Though I’ve also got another Albanian book on there too. It’s good to have options!

    • TheGlobalReader October 14, 2014 / 1:55 pm

      It was a truly lovely book. I couldn’t get it out of my head for days.

      I look forward to hearing what you think about it!

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