Ismail Kadare

John Cox (University of North Dakota)
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Kadare is a prolific Albanian novelist who has also written some poetry and short stories, occasional works of literary scholarship and criticism, one play, and a sizable amount of autobiographical and political material. Nearly all of Kadare’s writing focuses on Albania and Albanians, with fiction set in nearly all phases of that country’s history from medieval times to post-communism. The largest body of material is situated in the centuries when the Albanian lands were part of the Ottoman Empire and in the decades when the nation-state of Albania (which had been founded as a monarchy in 1912 without Kosovo) labored under the dictatorship of Enver Hoxha, a disciple of Stalin. Kadare’s first novel that was known widely outside Albania was

The General of the Dead Army

, which has…

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Citation: Cox, John. "Ismail Kadare". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 March 2010 [, accessed 16 July 2024.]

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