First published in Albanian in , and sixteen years later in English translation, it describes life in a small Albanian city during World War II. Pipa claimed that the several references to homosexuals, and homosexual activity throughout the novel such as the bisexual Argjir Argjiri and the "woman with a beard," which Pipa takes to mean lesbian were intended to raise the question of Enver Hoxha's own sexuality, a dangerous claim at the time. The current edition was translated by David Bellos. He was chosen by Kadare, as he had received a Booker prize for translation work.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Chronicle in Stone by Ismail Kadare. Chronicle in Stone by Ismail Kadare ,. Arshi Pipa translator. David Bellos Revision. Masterful in its simplicity, Chronicle in Stone is a touching coming-of-age story and a testament to the perseverance of the human spirit. Surrounded by the magic of beautiful women and literature, a boy must endure the deprivations of war as he suffers the hardships of growing up.
His sleepy country has just thrown off centuries of tyranny, but new waves of domination inu Masterful in its simplicity, Chronicle in Stone is a touching coming-of-age story and a testament to the perseverance of the human spirit.
His sleepy country has just thrown off centuries of tyranny, but new waves of domination inundate his city. Through the boy's eyes, we see the terrors of World War II as he witnesses fascist invasions, allied bombings, partisan infighting, and the many faces of human cruelty as well as the simple pleasures of life.
Evacuating to the countryside, he expects to find an ideal world full of extraordinary things but discovers instead an archaic backwater where a severed arm becomes a talisman and deflowered girls mysteriously vanish.
Woven between the chapters of the boy's story are tantalizing fragments of the city's history. As the devastation mounts, the fragments lose coherence, and we perceive firsthand how the violence of war destroys more than just buildings and bridges. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published July 11th by Arcade Publishing first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Menyra si e paraqet Gjirokastren dhe rinine e tij te hershme Kadareja eshte e adhurueshme. Kjo veper i permban te gjitha elementet. Readers also enjoyed. About Ismail Kadare. Ismail Kadare. He has been a leading literary figure in Albania since the s. He focused on short stories until the publication of his first novel, The General of the Dead Army. He has divided his time between Albania and France since Kadare has been mentioned as a possible recipient for the Nobel Prize in Literature several times.
His works have been published in about 30 languages. His education included studies at the University of Tirana and then the Gorky Institute for World Literature in Moscow, a training school for writers and critics. In Kadare returned to Albania after the country broke ties with the Soviet Union, and he became a journalist and published his first poems.
His first novel, The General of the Dead Army , sprang from a short story, and its success established his name in Albania and enabled Kadare to become a full-time writer. Kadare's novels draw on Balkan history and legends. They are obliquely ironic as a result of trying to withstand political scrutiny. Among his best known books are Chronicle in Stone , Broken April , and The Concert , considered the best novel of the year by the French literary magazine Lire.
In , Kadare claimed political asylum in France, issuing statements in favour of democratisation. During the ordeal, he stated that "dictatorship and authentic literature are incompatible. The writer is the natural enemy of dictatorship.
Books by Ismail Kadare. Related Articles. While dealing with her husband's illness, this debut author turned to the refuge of Jane Austen's work.
That refuge turned into her highly anticipa Read more Trivia About Chronicle in Stone. Quotes from Chronicle in Stone. The book lay nearby. A thin object on the divan. So strange. Between two cardboard covers were noises, doors, howls, horses, people.
All side by side, pressed tightly against one another. Boiled down to little black marks. Hair, eyes, voices, nails, legs, knocks on doors, walls, blood, beards, the sound of horseshoes, shouts.
All docile, blindly obedient to the little black marks. The letters run in mad haste, now here, now there. The a's, f's, y's, k's all run. They gather together to create a horse or a hailstorm. They run again. Now they create a dagger, a night, a murder. Then streets, slamming doors, silence. Running and running. Never stopping. Welcome back. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Around the World Chronicle in Stone- Too Strange?
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