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Book review: A Girl in Exile by Ismail Kadare

By Anthony Cummins   April 2016

Harvill Secker, £16.99kadare

Tipped to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, Ismail Kadare, the Albanian novelist, shares with past winners a background of life in a repressive regime—in his case the dictatorship of Enver Hoxha, under which Kadare’s fiction tended by necessity towards allegory. Although he defected in 1990, just before the collapse of Communist rule five years after Hoxha’s death, riddling indirection remains his favoured mode.

His latest novel to appear in English is dedicated to “the young Albanian women who… spent their youth in internal exile.” It follows a writer…

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