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E penguara Reuiem për Linda B A Girl in Exile first published in Albanian in 2009 is set among the bureaucratic machinery of Albania's 1945 1991 dictatorship While waiting to hear whether his newest play will be approved for production playwright Rudian Stefa is called in for uestioning by the Party Committee A girl Linda B has been found dead with a signed copy of his latest book in her possessionHe soon learns that Linda's family considered suspect was exiled to a small town far from the capital and that she committed suicide Under the influence of a paranoid regime Rudian finds himself swept along on a surreal uest to discover what really happened to Linda B Through layers of intrigue her story gradually unfolds how she loved Rudian from a distance and the risks she was prepared to take so that she could get close to him He becomes captivated by her story and disturbed at how he might be culpable for her fate A Girl in Exile is a stunning deeply affecting portrait of life and love under surveillance infused with myth wry humor and the absurdity of a paranoid regime

10 thoughts on “E penguara Reuiem për Linda B

  1. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    ”’May I see the book again?’ he asked the investigatorHe opened it with his left hand because his right hand was shaking He stared at his own handwriting The inscription had been written on the first night of his most recent play in the foyer immediately afterward For Linda B a souvenir from the author June 12th”Most authors sign a lot of copies of their books over their lifetime Rudian Stefa is no exception The Party Committee has called him in to see if he remembers this girl this Linda B Stefa is used to being investigated His most recent play is up before the Artistic Board over some problems with a ghost in act 2 He has learned to write very carefully to slide what would be considered subversive ideas through the various layers of bureaucratic oversight So he thinks he is before The Party for one thing and finds out that he is there for another reason a very strange reason He shouldn’t remember the girl but he does remember the girl not Linda B but the girl who brought the book to be signed for Linda B Migena”The name Migena and the word enigma fluttered through his mind attempting to come together They were anagrams Migena enigma To make sure he wrote the words on the menu next to the words for expresso coffee Yes they really were anagrams Yes shuffle the letters of Migena and you got enigma”She is gorgeous and she is interested in him When he is with her the pressures of his life seem to explode out of him When she is away a bitter anxiety sets in like a dreary windy winter’s day He doesn’t trust her He can’t ascertain how she sees her role in his life ”The clumsy thought passed through her mind that her breasts were just as sweet whether she was an informer or not”Ismail Kadare talks about the internments imposed on people by the State ”One of those laws was extremely strange and many people believed it must be uniue to Albania This law concerned political prisoners and internees who died before completing their sentences Their bodies even though vacated by their souls had to continue serving their sentences in the grave wherever they happened to be until the end Only after the expiry of the term of their sentence did their families have the right to exhume them from the cemeteries designated by the state and take them wherever they wished”That reminds me of situations from Medieval Europe when corpses of enemies of a King were dug up drawn and uartered and then hung THEY ARE DEAD ALREADY A sentenced person in Albania has to keep serving hisher sentence even after they are dead? We have several examples in history where a far left communist government becomes so paranoid and so hard hearted as to forget that their own people are living breathing adult human beings not cattle who need to be herded or immature children who need to be told how to live every aspect of their life or that a prison sentence needs to be fulfilled by the corpse of the “perpetrator” There is an insanity that seems to come with far left or far right political theory Communism goes so far left and Fascism goes so far right that they start to be indistinguishable from each other The scale that has them going in opposite directions curves and they meet up again at the House of Horrors This is not one of my favorite Ismail Kadare’s but that could be because he is just way too smart for me Maybe I didn’t see a couple of clues or maybe I just need to be Albanian to decipher the words that are not written but implied ”The mercilessly crossed out lines loomed black and the survivors huddled awkwardly as if cowering in shame amid the carnage” In such a short book Kadare does take on some big subjects censorship lovelust tyranny and a topic that should be on everyone’s mind the whys of suicide Kadare will take you down a Franz Kafka hypnagogic hallucination inspired crooked alley of ghostly delusions if you can read the Albanian street signs If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

  2. Blerina Blerina says:

    Linda B is the girl brought up during the communist regime in Albania She and her whole family are interned into a village and therefore banned to enter the city of Tirana After graduating from high school in Tirana Linda B must return to the village where her family is and never set foot in the city For a young girl whose lived and loved in the city and has so many dreams ahead this is simply murder Kadare is a master at portraying this feeling of isolation and the loss of hope that so many people suffered in communist Albania What is special about Kadare's writing is his subliminal language there's always a sort of duality to the story Like many artists and writers this style of writing was developed and used under the dictatorship of Enver Hoxha Writers and artists were on a very close watch and for their safety of not being declared an enemy of the party they had to find ways to create and yet stay under the radarBeing Albanian from Kosovo for me this brings back memories of my parents talking about the 50 years of the communist isolation of Albania Linda B is ready to trade her life for eternal freedom and so reading E penguara is inevitably a powerful remainder that freedom has no price

  3. Calzean Calzean says:

    A complex but short story which I may have missed many of the nuances There's debate on restrictions of the Albanian government under a socialist system the rights of women reference to the classics and the ongoing nervousness of waiting to be arrested by a paranoid regimeThe main character is a playwright in Albania He is self possessed his current girlfriend is 20 years younger and still at school He is uestioned by the unnamed interrogator about his relationship with a Linda K who has committed suicide while being under the sentence of exile to a remote Albanian townNot my favourite Kadare book

  4. Julia Julia says:

    The time the story was placedwas just a little bit depressingand from time to timeI didn`t have the nerve to keep readingSo many nonsensesbut that still in those days had to make senseBut I really loved the endingits cruelty was adorableand so kindstill with the nonsenses

  5. Andy Weston Andy Weston says:

    Read whilst cycling in Albania’s mountains Enjoyed it a lot

  6. Hugh Coverly Hugh Coverly says:

    Another astonishing novel by an author of outstanding talent Where one might ask is Kadare's Nobel Prize?I have sought out and read Kadare ever since he won the inaugural Man Booker International prize in 2005 thereby coming to the attention of readers in North America At first it was easy to find titles in major bookstores but this no longer the case The recent works including this one have not appeared in Canada; instead I pick them up while on trips to Europe A Girl in Exile Reuiem for Linda B is a multilayered complex story of love and loss But this no conventional love story Informing the whole of the story is the mythical tale of Orpheus who goes into Hades to lead Eurydice back into the world of the living only to lose her forever when he disobeys the command not to look back Written originally in Albanian the novel has been translated beautifully by John Hodgson who also translated The Fall of the Stone City and The Accident

  7. tutajkara tutajkara says:

    It took me a while to read this book but I truly loved it This book is so much different from what I expected And it was so interesting to read as I don't know that much about Albania I think this is the type of the book that you would like to reread The last pages were amazing

  8. Bob Newman Bob Newman says:

    sunk in the totalitarian swampRudian Stefa a playwright has a girlfriend He doesn't treat her very well but still he dotes on her Once before they became lovers the girl Migena asked him to autograph a copy of one of his books She said it was for a friend He thinks it's an extremely minor matter maybe it was just for herself One day he's called into the Party Committee in Tirana Albania's capital to explain why he signed the book and under what circumstances The friend has committed suicide Since it's Albania during the rule of Enver Hoxha such a summons is scary But why have they called him? He begins to enuire and we start to learn the inside story The friend is a girl in internal exile that is she and her family are forbidden to leave their town and must check in with the police every day Any deviance from these rules would mean either execution or prison She has fallen in love with Rudian Stefa from afar knowing that she can never travel to Tirana to meet him Things become and convoluted the sickness of totalitarian society is slowly unraveled Poetry plays and Greek legends all start to have meaning in this tale of dismal Albanian disaster In the Albania of the 1980s could you trust anyone? Could you be sure your lover would not turn you in? Even playing the saxophone too extravagantly leads to a jail sentence The ending is simply brilliant The evil of such a paranoid dictatorship is revealed better than in a hundred polemics on the Communist threat or the Fascist peril Hannah Arendt's banality of evil finds perfect expression here Vague reports uncertain conclusions the fog covering reality and separating it only thinly from legend Once again Kadare has written an amazingly good book If it wasn't for their politically correct prejudices and occupation with various high jinks the Nobel Committee would have awarded him the Nobel years ago

  9. Alex Sarll Alex Sarll says:

    I have a couple of noughties Kadare paperbacks unread which both have pointedly austere and literary covers This one with its title and falling female silhouette seems aimed at the new audience for moderately literary thrillers with unreliable point of view characters and names including the word 'Girl' Who will likely be disappointed as the Orpheus references take hold and everything goes magic realist but I was ensnared having spent much of the earlier stretch wondering if a lot had been lost in translation The sections on literary life under the socialist realist jackboot don't hold a candle to Bulgakov but the bizarre emotional entanglements have odd glimmering vignettes where they bear comparison to de BeauvoirReview copy my professional review of which will be appearing in some of what remains of the British regional press in a month or so

  10. Kriegslok Kriegslok says:

    This book could be seen as a sort of ménage à trois tale but with a Kadare trademark twist and complications and where one of the ménage is not alive This book is set in the dying days of the Hoxha regime and examines the place and role of the writer in centralised state privileges granted and sins forgiven Running through the work is the relationship between the writer and a member of the class enemy Reality the past present and future become entangled with mythology as the writer struggles with secret police his relationships his own fragile mental state and trying to write his next play as his last is held up by the board of censors Personally I was not as convinced by this novel as previous Kadare works I have read but in places it really did grab me

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