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Ismail Kadare

Ismail Kadare

Ismail Kadare was born in 1936 in the Albanian mountain town of Girokaster near the Greek border. He is Albania’s best-known poet and novelist. He established an uneasy modus vivendi with the Communist authorities until their attempts to turn his reputation to their advantage drove him in October 1990 to seek asylum in France. His novels include The General of the Dead Army (1963), The Palace of Dreams (1981), Albanian Spring (1991), and The File on H (1990).