Broken April

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Broken April
Broken April.jpg
Cover of the November 2003 paperback edition.
Author Ismail Kadare
Original title Prilli i Thyer
Translator New Amsterdam Books
Country Albania
Language Albanian
Publisher Librairie Arthème Fayard
Publication date
Media type Paperback
ISBN 0-09-944987-0
OCLC 52919441

Broken April is a novel by award winning Albanian author Ismail Kadare. Published in 1978, the book explores one of Kadare's recurring themes; how the past affects the present.[1]


The story tells of Gjorg Berisha, a 26-year-old Albanian man living on the high plateau.[2] He is forced to commit a murder under the laws of the Kanun to avenge his brother. As a result of this killing, his own death is sealed; he is to be killed by a member of the opposing family.[1]


Broken April was lauded by reviewers upon its release. The New York Times described it as "written with masterly simplicity in a bardic style", whilst Wall Street Journal declared Kadare was "one of the most compelling novelists now writing in any language."[3]


During 2001 a movie adaptation of Ismail Kadare's Broken April, called Behind the Sun, was filmed in Brazil.


  1. ^ a b Liukkonen, Petri. "Ismail Kadare". Books and Writers ( Finland: Kuusankoski Public Library. Archived from the original on 10 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Broken April - Ismail Kadare". Longitude. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 
  3. ^ "Broken April - Ismail Kadare". Various journals. Retrieved 2007-10-06.