Other literary forms

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Ismail Kadare (kah-DAWR) is known primarily for his novels, but he began his writing career as a lyric poet. His stories deal with universal themes and draw on myth and world literature. His nonfiction book Nga nje dhjetor ne tjetrin: Kronikë, kembim letrash, persiatje (1991; Albanian Spring: The Anatomy of Tyranny, 1994), written after he left Albania and sought political asylum in France, contains his views on Albanian politics and government between 1944 and 1990, when Albania was ruled by a repressive communist regime.