name = Broken April
title_orig = Prilli i Thyer
translator = New Amsterdam Books
image_caption = Cover of the November 2003 paperback edition.
language = Albanian
publisher = Librairie Arthème Fayard
pub_date = 1978
media_type = Paperback
isbn = 0099449870
"Broken April" is a
novelby award winning Albanian author Ismail Kadare. Published in 1978, the book explores one of Kadare's recurring themes; how the past affects the present.cite web|url=http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/kadare.htm|title=Ismail Kadare|publisher=Books and Writers|accessdate=2007-10-06]
The story tells of Gjorg Berisha, a 26 year old Albanian man living on the high plateau. [cite web|url=http://www.longitudebooks.com/find/p/67067/mcms.html|title=Broken April - Ismail Kadare|publisher=Longitude|accessdate=2007-10-07] He is forced to commit a murder under the laws of the "
Kanun". As a result of this killing, his own death is sealed; he is to be killed by a member of the opposing family.
The novel was translated into English by New Amsterdam Books and Saqi Books, and was subsequently published in
Great Britainby Saqi Books in 1990. The English translation of "Broken April" was the recipient of the Man Booker International Prize in 2005, amongst numerous other accolades. [cite book |last=Kadare |first=Ismail |authorlink=Ismail Kadare |title=Broken April |year=1978 |publisher=Librairie Arthème Fayard |pages=Inside front cover |isbn=0099449870 ]
"Broken April" was lauded by reviewers upon its release. The "
New York Times" described it as "written with masterly simplicity in a bardic style", whilst " Wall Street Journal" declared Kadare was "one of the most compelling novelists now writing in any language." [cite web|url=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/1561310654/ref=dp_proddesc_0/102-7125520-2738512?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books |title=Broken April - Ismail Kadare|publisher= Amazon.com|work=Various journals|accessdate=2007-10-06]
During 2001 a movie adaptation of Ismail Kadare's Broken April, called Behind the Sun, was filmed in
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