Chronicle in Stone: A Novel by Ismail KadareChronicle in Stone: A Novel by Ismail Kadare

Chronicle in Stone: A Novel

byIsmail Kadare

Paperback | September 11, 2007

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Ismail Kadare’s classic novel of a boy’s coming of age in the midst of the horrors of war, in a stunning new translation.

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. When he is evacuated 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.

Masterful in its simplicity, Chronicle in Stone is both a touching coming-of-age story and a testament to the perseverance of the human spirit that will remind readers of Cinema Paradiso and Empire of the Sun.
Ismail Kadare, Albania’s best known poet and novelist, won the first Man Booker International Prize in 2005. His most recent novel, The Successor, was named a New York Times Notable Book, and was a Financial Times Best Fiction pick.
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Title:Chronicle in Stone: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.96 × 4.96 × 0.87 inPublished:September 11, 2007Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385665210

ISBN - 13:9780385665216

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Winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2005

“A triumph . . . A beguiling conjunction of realism and fantasy.”
The New York Times Book Review

“No mere curiosity but a thoroughly enchanting novel–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, The New Yorker