Ismail Kadare

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Biography

Ismail Kadare was born in 1936 in Gjirokastir, also the home town of Enver Hoxha. He grew up under the occupation of Albania by Italy, Germany and then the Soviet Union. He studied languages and literature at Tirana University and then in the Soviet Union. After the break with the Soviet Union, Albania became increasingly isolated. Kadare started writing poetry before producing his first novel, Gjenerali i ushtirisi si vdekur (The General of the Dead Army). While a supporter of Albanian communism, as a way of getting rid of the old-fashioned practices of the past, Kadare did mock some of their practices in his work. However, as a delegate to the People's Assembly, he was allowed to travel abroad. However, he did upset the authorities with a satirical poem and was banned from publishing for three years. He emigrated to Paris, where he now lives, in 1991, soon before the fall of Communism.

Books about Kadare

  • Peter Morgan: Ismail Kadare : The Writer and The Dictatorship 1957-1990
  • Other links

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  • Ismail Kadaré: lost in translation?
  • The Englishing of Ismail Kadare
  • Balkan author's fight to be heard
  • Albania: Ismail Kadare, Novelist From The 'Balkan Fringe,' Receives Top Literary Award
  • The Albanian Writers' Union as Mirrored by a Woman (article by Kadare)
  • Interview