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Balkan Author's fights to be heard!

Erstellt von RENEA, 03.06.2005, 12:25 Uhr · 1 Antwort · 958 Aufrufe

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    Balkan Author's fights to be heard!

    Balkan author's fight to be heard
    Albanian novelist Ismail Kadare, the recipient of the inaugural Man
    Booker International Prize, has become Albania's most celebrated and
    globally renowned literary export.

    He has been nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature and is often
    cited as a potential future winner.

    Kadare's reputation in his homeland was forged in the teeth of the harsh
    repression and dictatorship of Enver Hoxha's communist regime.

    But it was only after he left Albania in 1990 to live in France that the
    world started to take notice of his distinctive voice.

    Kadare was born in 1936 in Gjirokaster, the southern museum-city close
    to the Greek border where Hoxha himself had been born 28 years earlier.

    He studied first at the University of Tirana, and later at the Gorky
    Institute for World Literature in Moscow.


    Returning home in 1960 after his country broke off relations with the
    Soviet Union, Kadare worked first as a journalist.

    But he had already begun his literary career as a poet with such verse
    collections as Youthful Inspiration in 1954 and Dreams in 1957.

    In the 1960s Kadare turned increasingly to prose, publishing his first
    novel - The General of the Dead Army, a study of post-war Albania - in

    The book made his name in his home country and he was given freedom to
    travel and publish abroad.

    But he fell foul of the authorities in 1975 and was forbidden to publish
    for three years.

    He did so again in 1981 with The Palace of Dreams, a political allegory
    of totalitarianism that was banned on publication.

    From 1986 he had to smuggle his work out of the country, to be stored
    in safe keeping by his French publisher.

    Kadare was granted political asylum in France in October 1990, shortly
    before the collapse of Hoxha's regime.

    "Dictatorship and authentic literature are incompatible," he said. "The
    writer is the natural enemy of dictatorship."

    Ironically perhaps, he has done more to alert the world to life in his
    native country since his departure than he did when inside it.

    "Ismail Kadare's novels shine a light on the mores of his native
    Albania," said Harvey McGrath, chairman of the Man Group.

    "His writing reflects not only the complexities of a nation coming to
    terms with its freedom, but also his personal experiences."

    Story from BBC NEWS:

    Published: 2005/06/02 21:47:08 GMT

    © BBC MMV

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    Kadare wins first World Booker
    Noch ein Preis für den albanischen Schriftsteller Kadare

    Albanian wins first world Booker
    Albanian novelist Ismail Kadare has won the inaugural Man Booker
    International Prize, beating British authors Muriel Spark, Doris Lessing
    and Ian McEwan.

    The writer, who has lived in France since 1990, will receive £60,000 at
    a ceremony in Edinburgh on 27 June.

    Professor John Carey, chair of the judging panel, called Mr Kadare "a
    universal writer in the tradition of storytelling that goes back to Homer".

    Mr Kadare said he was "deeply honoured" to win the prize.

    "I am a writer from the Balkan Fringe, a part of Europe which has long
    been notorious exclusively for news of human wickedness," he said.

    "My firm hope is that European and world opinion may henceforth realise
    this region... can also give rise to other kinds of news and be the home
    of other kinds of achievement in the field of the arts, literature and

    "I would like to take the prize as confirmation that my confidence and
    my hopes have not been misplaced."

    As part of the prize, which is given to an author's body of work rather
    than one single title, Mr Kadare will be able to select a translator to
    receive an additional sum of £15,000.


    Born in 1936 in the mountain town of Gjirokaster, Ismail Kadare is
    Albania's best known poet and novelist.

    But he has not lived in the Balkan country for 15 years after France
    granted him political asylum in 1990.

    He published his first novel, The General of the Dead Army, in 1963 and
    has since been published in more than 40 countries.

    The International Booker, awarded every two years to a living author,
    was conceived in response to criticisms that the Booker Prize is only
    open to British and Commonwealth authors.

    Of the 18-strong shortlist announced in February, only Ian McEwan and
    Margaret Atwood had previously won the main Booker Prize.

    Story from BBC NEWS:

    Published: 2005/06/02 18:37:40 GMT

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