Ismail Kadare

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Ismail Kadare on a reading in Zurich

Ismail Kadare (born January 28, 1936 in Gjirokastėr, Albania) is a well known Albanian writer. He has studied at the Faculty of History and Philology at the University of Tirana and at the Gorky Institute of World Literature in Moscow. There are different opinions on whether Kadare was a dissident during the communist period. Some people believe that he fought against the communist regime with his books by making obscure parallels so as to show the impracticality and evil of Communism. Strong opinions, however, are opposed to the idea that Kadare was a dissident. These are based on the fact that Kadare was helped during his career by the leader of the communist state of Albania, Enver Hoxha himself. He supported Kadare because they were born in the same city, and Hoxha personally liked his work. Kadare moved to France in October 1990, just before the collapse of the regime. He was able to go and stay in France because of his status of intellectual. In 1999, Kadare returned to Albania. He has received many literature awards, is a member of the French Association of Writers, and has been nominated for the Nobel Prize. In 2005 he won the inaugural Man Booker International Prize. Some of his greatest works (some published in France) include:

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