And, Pipa must have known the novel well because he was the first to translate it into English.
I wished to see the cistern underneath, the one that trapped all the raindrops that "recalled with dreary sorrow the great spaces of sky they would never see again".
Brilliant story-telling, vivid characters and unbelievable stories, which seem such only at first sight.
Brilliant, surprising word images constantly refreshed, through the eyes of a child. A brief historical period (WWII), in a much older context, with highly credible characters of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Normfll
A great book about war seen by the most honest eyes:child eyes. Unique style, unique voice. Exotic and familiar at the same time.Published 4 months ago by sokol zheku
Magnificent, fairy-tale like story of a small Albanian town during the World War II; occupation by Italians, Greeks and Germans told by the curious, creative and imaginative kid. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Salome
A glimpse back through a fine window into an Illyrian mind. Mysterious and Haunting, artful gradual illumination through a child's eyes.Published 8 months ago by lawrenceraven
Remarque's books dont give that vivid imagination that Kadare does. Perhaps only Haminway has the same power of dscription. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Marenglen Elezi
I visited Gjirokaster in Albania in 1984 during the last year of the life of the country's dictator, Enver Hoxha. Read morePublished 11 months ago by ADAM
Knowing where the title comes from tells us a lot about this book. The city and the stone houses themselves play such a part that they are almost characters in the book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by James W. Fonseca
Translated from the French which was translated from the Albania. Don Bellos is the translator and his introduction is excellent. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Bernard H. Pucker
This novel reminds me of other European works of the 1930s and 40s: essentially gloomy, pessimistic and with little hope for the future. Read morePublished on July 7, 2012 by Thomas Bragg