Bellos, David. “The Englishing of Ismail Kadare: Notes of a Retranslator.” Complete Review Quarterly 6, no. 2 (2005). An interesting overview of the complicated translation history of Kadare’s works.
Guppy, Shusha. “Ismail Kadare.” Paris Review 40, no. 147 (Summer, 1998): 194-217. An informative interview in which Kadare speaks about the Albanian language, true literature, the novel, writing under a dictatorship, and his opposition to totalitarianism.
Hurezanu, Daniela. “Ismail Kadare: Storytelling and the Power of Myth.” Chattahoochee Review 27, no. 2 (Winter, 2007): 148-160. Review article that discusses Chronicle in Stone, The Three-Arched Bridge, Palace of Dreams, The Successor, Agamemnon’s Daughter, and Spring Flowers, Spring Frost.
Morgan, Peter. “Between Albanian Identity and Imperial Politics: Ismail Kadare’s The Palace of Dreams.” Modern Language Review 97, no. 2 (April, 2002): 365-379. Provides background information about the oral epics, and places the writing of the novel in the context of concurrent political events in the Balkans.
_______. “Ismail Kadare: Modern Homer or Albanian Dissident?” World Literature Today 80, no. 5 (September/October, 2006): 7-11. Examines Kadare’s life as a writer living under an oppressive dictatorship. Considers Kadare “the voice of Albania’s modernity and the singer of its ancient identity.”
Talmor, Sascha. “The Kanun: The Code of Honour of Albania’s High Plateau.” Durham University Journal, January, 1993. A good summary and analysis of Kadare’s Broken April. Includes background information for his later novel, Spring Flowers, Spring Frost.
White, Jeffrey. “Breaking the Cycle: Albania Seeks Solutions to Its Blood Feud Problem.” Spiegel, July 8, 2008. Of relevance to Broken April and Spring Flowers, Spring Frost. Describes the rules of the ongoing feuds and how the survivors are afraid to leave their homes.