Chronicle in Stone

A Novel
Product Number: EB00743412
Released: Nov 19, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781628721300
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
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This intimate look at the people and culture of war-torn Albania, as seen through the eyes of a child, is a "thoroughly enchanting novel" (John Updike). Masterful in its simplicity, Chronicle in Stone is a touching coming-of-age story and a testament to the perseverance of the human spirit. Surrounded by the magic of beautiful women and literature, a boy must endure the deprivations of war as he suffers the hardships of growing up. His sleepy country has just thrown off centuries of tyranny, but new waves of domination inundate his city. Through the boy's eyes, we see the terrors of World War II as he witnesses fascist invasions, allied bombings, partisan infighting, and the many faces of human cruelty-as well as the simple pleasures of life. Evacuating to the countryside, he expects to find an ideal world full of extraordinary things, but discovers instead an archaic backwater where a severed arm becomes a talisman and deflowered girls mysteriously vanish. Woven between the chapters of the boy's story are tantalizing fragments of the city's history. As the devastation mounts, the fragments lose coherence, and we perceive firsthand how the violence of war destroys more than just buildings and bridges. "Sophisticated and accomplished in its poetic prose and narrative deftness, yet drawing resonance from its roots in one of Europe's most primitive societies." -John Updike "Kadare has succeeded in creating a tale that breaches the boundaries of Albania's specific tragedy . . . A beguiling conjunction of realism and fantasy." -The New York Times "Albania, that remote, unknown land, has found its voice in the novels of Kadare. Kadare commands a tumultuous, whirling scene as he brings his homeland into the literary mainstream." -Publishers Weekly "A great novel . . . A joyful, often comic piece of work." -The New Yorker "Epic in its simplicity; the history of a young Albanian and a primitive Albania awakening into the modern world." -Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Author(s): Ismail Kadare
Original Publish Date: Jul 01, 2011

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