An early masterpiece by the inaugural winner of the Man Booker International Prize with an introduction by James Wood.
During the Second World War, a young boy witnesses his hometown in Albania fall to a series of invaders: first Italian fascists, then the Greeks, the Italians once again and finally Nazi hordes. Amid floods and bombings, he undergoes another kind of turbulence - growing up.
Chronicle in Stone is an early masterpiece from the winner of the inaugural Man Booker International Prize and one of the most significant European writers of the last fifty years.
“A great novel … a joyful, often comic piece of work”
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“Sophisticated and accomplished in its poetic prose and narrative deftness”
“A master storyteller”
“Ismail Kadare has sometimes been compared with Kafka, and you can see why”
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“There are very few writers alive today with the depth, power and resonance of this remarkable novelist”
ISMAIL KADARE was born in 1936 in Gjirokaster, in the south of Albania. He studied in Tirana and Moscow, returning to Albania in 1960 after the country broke ties with the Soviet Union. Translations of his novels have since been published in more than forty countries, and in 2005 he became the first winner of the Man Booker International Prize.
DAVID BELLOS, Director of the Program in Translation at Princeton University, is also the translator of Georges Perec’s Life A User’s Manual and a winner of the Goncourt Prize for biography. He has translated seven of Ismail Kadare’s novels, and in 2005 was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for his translations of Kadare’s work.