• June 14, 2019

Kronikë në gur: roman. Front Cover. Ismail Kadare QR code for Kronikë në gur. Title, Kronikë në gur: roman. Author, Ismail Kadare. Publisher, Onufri, A Novel Ismail Kadare David Bellos However, its real title is simply Chronicle in Stone (Kronike ne gur in Albanian), and in Kadare ‘s Complete Works in. Ismail Kadare Kronik ne gur, Ura me Tre Harqe, Kristal. 1 like. Interest.

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We learn about bomb shelters beneath the town citadel, heavily perfumed Italian soldiers, the fleeting appearances of the Greeks, and a boy’s love for an aerodrome. We sat down on the grass by the side of the road and I started telling her things.

It turns Shakespearean with perhaps a characteristically Albanian twist, as her father calls her a whore and drags her by the hair in front of all the neighbors. The atmosphere of this novel is thick enough to be cut with one of the Turkish daggers that the narrator’s maternal grandfather keeps in his house full of books and oddments.

Inthe Italian Army stationed in Albania invaded Greece, but was repulsed and routed by the Greek Army supported by the RAF, which carried out heavy bombing raids over many parts of Albania between 28 October and 30 April All of this is woven into the story. Bread, all her meals, coffee, tea — she prepared everything with her own hands.


All the normal limits on the shape of things seemed to have been suspended. Other nations think of food, but we Albanians care only for guns. As the devastation mounts, the fragments lose coherence, and we perceive firsthand how the violence of war destroys more than just buildings and bridges.

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The narrator is enamored with reading and the story of Macbeth and starts to imagine people in Gjirokaster as tragically Shakespearean characters. Granny Shano spent thirty-one years inside until one day she went out into the street a few yards in front of her house to assault an Italian officer who was making eyes at her great-granddaughter.

Six hours later the Greeks were back.

Kronikë në gur

It starts with the city but by the end every inanimate object is given life and feeling – the airplanes, the weather, the stone itself. Chronicle in Stone proves the cruelty not gjr of wartime, but of unexamined traditions and of a culture that attacks its own iconoclasts. First the Italians, then the Greeks, then the Italians ag A powerful novel about the futility of war as seen through the eyes of a child.

Some women were crying. I have to keep reading, and I cannot copy the whole book as examples of why I am loving how this author expresses himself. The author plays with words. Its highest peak is guur by a formidable fortress that has repelled invaders as far back as The Crusades; it is here that every segment of Kronnik society seeks refuge during the worst of the Allied bombings, peasants mingling with nose-holding aristocrats.

Between two cardboard covers were noises, doors, howls, horses, people. I loved this book.

Kronikë në gur: roman – Ismail Kadare – Google Books

Visit eBay’s page on international trade. The narrow streets wound around the hillsides that looked out over a va Everybody’s got a cistern in their heart somewhere Gjirokaster, Albania. Others had heads that spun and eyes that threw knives.

The city, the streets, the rain, an airplane, the river, even the kronkk in the basement all come to possess human qualities and emotions in the narrator’s eyes. Skip to main content. There are so many memorable scenes that fuse this disfuse account into a work of singular personality and effect.


This was a great read. In Kadare’s home town, ravaged by history, we see characters walking down the street with severed heads under their arms; the Italian fascists hang several young Albanian rebels, the Greek occupants kill “enemies” chosen according to the whims of their spies, and the Germans indulge in the killing of hundred-year-old women.

I also read File on H and The Siege, and this book was the best one. This time they stayed about sixty hours. A family you can make overnight. Its characters, the folklore and mythology infusing historical circumstances are reminiscent of some Caribbean novelists or even post-colonial African storytellers, and one cannot help compare its blend of surreal situations and political drama based on real events to South American novels, although Kadare apparently dislikes the label ” magical realism ” applied to his novels.

It is flawed perhaps in its interpretation of events, but is immediate and powerful in its impact. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program terms and conditions – opens in a new window or tab This amount includes applicable customs duties, taxes, brokerage and other fees.

She had come into my thoughts two or three times. Visits to the citadel and the boyhood home on Enver Hoxha definitely helped bring this story alive.

During the ordeal, he stated that “dictatorship and authentic literature are incompatible.