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Chronicle in Stone
The Canons 5
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.
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A great novel ... a joyful, often comic piece of work -- James Wood * New Yorker * Sophisticated and accomplished in its poetic prose and narrative deftness -- John Updike * New Yorker * A master storyteller -- John Carey Ismail Kadare has sometimes been compared with Kafka, and you can see why * Mail on Sunday * There are very few writers alive today with the depth, power and resonance of this remarkable novelist * Herald * Chronicle in Stone is stunning, the quintessential tale of war seen through a child's eyes -- Susan Salter Reynolds * Los Angeles Times * Writing like this is hard to stop quoting...It is musical not only in rhythms that survive in this deft...translation but in its most elemental perceptions * -Evan Eisenberg, The Nation * [Albania's] most remarkable export: the novels of Ismail Kadare * Ken Kalfus, The Village Voice Literary Supplement * Chronicle in Stone is epic in its simplicity; the history of a young Albanian and a primitive Albania awakening into the modern world * Michael Dregni, Minneapolis Star Tribune *