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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. This scene from Ismail Kadare’s novel Broken April (), a fable of vendetta in the north Albanian highlands, discloses both a narrative and a. The Broken April Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and Written by Ismail Kadare, this captivating tale of culture and society follows the.

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I realize that Jsmail should like this book – lots of people like this book. This to him was idiocy, because “children don’t want to read about working hard, iwmail want to play.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Even before you alluded to it toward the end of your commentary I was thinking about the irrational things that we accept in our society as a matter of course. In Albania there was no formal dissent.

Did Gjorg die in the end? Can he escape, or is he in effect a dead man walking?

Broken April, Ismail Kadare

Here, in this completely stupid book, I’d found a living phrase. At any rate, our desires for revenge de An amazing work of fiction that explains a dismal, distressing, oppressive, and highly ritualized code ismwil revenge in an obscure area of Albania.

I’d stumbled on a goldmine. What I find interesting in both book and play, is how much the code is perpetuated by the women, who in the traditional stance of motherhood and nurturance, maintain and groken a code of revenge within their troubled communities.


This all sounds like the middle ages gone mad, but the novel set in the thirties. There are also designated ‘safe houses’, wpril actually are towers made of stone built here and there across the landscape in Albania. Nov 02, Bikki rated it did not like it. Set in mountains of Albania, Broken April is the story of bromen man bound to an extremely strict set of rules called the Kanun.

In The Trialthere is a central administration, but its mysteriousness is mostly in its lack of activity for the bulk of the book; between the first scene and the last, no process takes place.

As far as a novel goes, Broken April is a bit uneven. A person selected to be murdered can travel safely while on certain designated roads and paths, but as soon as that person leaves the ‘safe’ road or path, then that person can be murdered. See kadarw question about Brkoen April…. Anyway, the story begins with a man lying behind a ridge, freezing his butt off, a rifle in his hands, waiting for some guy to show up so he can put a bullet in kadade head. Any nationalistic reassertion of the old culture becomes a choice rather than a dictum.

Maybe over the course of time when enough change surrounding a code of revenge occurs, the code dissipates such as with the Hatfields and McCoys. The revengers pay a tax for their murder.


This is going to be long so I made some headlines for easier navigation. A pale young man sits down to an important meal. After one man kills to avenge an insult, a duty of revenge continues until all the men of a ismil are either dead or sheltering in towers of sanctuary, unable to go out during daylight.

It is very short and I read it in a day. A few of the more outstanding examples: In “Broken April”, Ismael Kadare, Albania’s best-known broke, focuses on the blood feud traditions of his country’s uplands.

Or they could count the wound as part settlement of the blood that was owed.

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View all 21 comments. July 8, at There is a distinct beauty in the uniqueness of “Broken April” and this quality more than compensates the slight disappointment of ,adare plot and an ending which could have been a bit better. View all 3 comments.

And it’s drizzling in the grey mountains, where the widow in black sits by the road above the vill Jings. Broken April was lauded by reviewers upon its release. Lists with This Book. A somewhat romantic fool, perhaps – I will grant you that – but a fool nevertheless. Wikipedia link to a description and history of the Kanun:


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