The Albanian Affairs by Susana Fortes

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Under Enver Hoxha's dictatorship Albania was the most isolated and paranoid European state, where life could only be lived in complicity with its tyranny, or in clandestine resistance. The villa of state hero Zanum Radjik on Tirana's Elbesan road is a house of many secrets. On one wall hangs the portrait of Zanum's absent wife, whose name was never heard within the house. She was the mother of his two very different sons, and the image of her gaze bears silent witness to her mysterious death of many years before, when Ismail, the youngest was only five. Into this house without women Viktor -- the elder son, his father's favorite -- has brought as his bride a beautiful young peasant girl, Helena. But the Radjik brothers have chosen opposing paths of honor, painfully measuring the growing distance between them. And when an irresistible passion for Helena overwhelms Ismail, his is compelled to exhume at last the long-hidden truths and duplicitous crimes that poison all of their lives. The Albanian Affairs is a gripping exposé of psychological oppression, a sensuous yet wrenching story of forbidden love, and an archetypal tragedy that echoes inexorably as if from the hand of the Greek playwright Aeschylus.

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Susana Fortes is a native of Spain. Her novels have been translated into almost twenty languages, and she is the winner of numerous literary awards, including the Premio Nuevos Narradores, the Premio Primavera, the Premio de la CrItica, and, for "Waiting for Robert Capa", the Premio Fernando Lara. She is a regular contributor to "El PaIs" as well as various cinema and literature magazines. Susana Fortes es licenciada en GeografIa e Historia. En 1994 ganO el Premio Nuevos Narradores con su primera novela, "Querido Corto MaltEs". Luego fue finalista del Premio Primavera 2001 con "Fronteras de arena" y finalista del Premio Planeta 2003 con "El amante albanEs", una novela que se convirtiO en bestseller en EspaNa. La traducciOn en inglEs, "The Albanian Affairs", ha conseguido el tercer premio del Book of the Year Awards 2006. Sus obras han sido traducidas a diez idiomas. Actualmente vive en Valencia, donde compagina la enseNanza con el periodismo y la literatura. Leland H. Chambers is a translator of modern and contemporary fiction from Latin American and Spanish fiction writers. He has translated books by Carmen Boullosa, Julieta Campos, and Juan Tovar, all from Mexico. He has also co-edited an anthology of contemporary short stories from Central America, translating 20 of the 51 stories.
Published November 17, 2006 by McPherson. 180 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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No one has ever explained to Ismaíl the exact nature of his mother’s illness, why Gjorg did nothing to treat her and why Gjorg deserted the family after her death.

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Fjording the could-be-your-neighbor spies and informers of the Hoxha regime, Ismail digs into his mother's past and learns about his mother's lover and of their foiled plans to run away together.

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