The award of the inaugural International Man Booker Prize for Literature in 2005 marked an important milestone in the global recognition of Ismail Kadare, Albania's foremost writer. In awarding the prize, Professor John Carey hailed Kadare as a guardian of Albanian identity,'a writer who maps a whole culture [...] a universal writer in a tradition of storytelling that goes back to Homer.' In this groundbreaking biographical study, Peter Morgan traces the thematic development of Kadare's works over the period of the Hoxha dictatorship, explaining how he lived and wrote in the Albanian Stalinist environment. The author charts Kadare's development as the voice of an Albania suppressed in the course of socialist 'modernisation,' asserting that 'the truth of Kadare's existence lies in the contradictions. He is the voice of Albania's modernity and the singer of its ancient identity. He is the alter ego and the nemesis of the dictator. In this ambiguity lies the key to his life, his reputation, and his works.'
Publisher: Centre for Albanian Studies