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Broken April by Ismail Kadare. From the moment that Gjorg's brother is killed by a neighbour, his own life is forfeit: for the code of Kanun requires Gjorg to kill his brother's murderer and then in turn be hunted down. 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: for the code of Kanun requires Gjorg to kill his brother's murderer and then in turn be hunted down. Then a visiting honeymoon couple cross the path of the fugitive. 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. Get A Copy.

Paperback , New Edition , pages. Published November 6th by Vintage first published November 23rd More Details Original Title. Brezftoht Albania Albania. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Broken April , please sign up. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [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 page of the book!

See 1 question about Broken April…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Broken April. Mar 06, Adina rated it really liked it Shelves: , albania. Real life interference did not help either. This is going to be long so I made some headlines for easier navigation. He 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 the murder by taking the life of the killer and so on.

Bessian and Diana are in 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. While 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, occupations and sorrows, like almost all Balkan countries.

My 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 20th 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 able to understand them in feudal ages but some of them are 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 27 comments. Mar 24, Dennis rated it liked it Recommends it for: anyone with the mildest curiousity about Albania. 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 and industrialized Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary and those which were not Bulgaria, Romania as well as those which were a mix of the 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, it's 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, but 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 shit out of me a bit. View all 3 comments. Jul 08, Lorenzo Berardi rated it really liked it Shelves: , albanian. 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: this book "Broken April" is a haunting story with an out of time charm.

As a reader who gets easily distracted, "Broken April" meant an unusual business to me: this book never lost its grip over me from the very first to the last page. I don't know that much about Albania apart from being aware that Italian fought a useless and aggressive war there "We will break the kidneys of Albania!

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Broken April is by Albanian author Ismail Kadare and in this powerful story he tackles the subject of Albanian blood feuds. There are all kinds of rules and traditions surrounding blood feuds as set I'm not working down the list regionally or alphabetically. I'm not oversaturating my Broken April.

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