Ismail Kadare, the prominent Albanian writer celebrates today the 85th birth anniversary. Kadare was born on January 28, 1936 in Gjirokastra.
Ismail Kadare excels mainly in prose, but has also published volumes of poetry and essays and his works were translated and praised by critics and readers around the world. He created a work with a universal character having its roots deep in the Albanian land. Kadare is considered as one of the most prominent European writers and intellectuals of the 20th century, as well as a universal voice against totalitarianism.
Ismail Kadare is the laureate of many national and international literary awards. In 1992 he was awarded the Prix Mondial Cino Del Duca. In 2005 he won the "Man Booker International Prize" where he was nominated along with other great writers, including Nobel laureates such as Günter Grass, Garbiel Garcia Marquez, Kenzaburo Oe, etc. The chairman of the jury justified the decision to give the award to Kadare with the words: "Ismail Kadare is a writer who maps an entire culture: its history, desire, folklore, politics, disasters. He is a universal writer with a narrative tradition that goes back to Homer. In 2009 he was awarded the Spanish Prince of Asturias Prize for the Arts - the most important literary prize in Spain, and one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world. In 2010 Ismail Kadare was honored in Italy with the Lerici Pea Award. "The awarding of the Lerici Pea Prize 2010 to the author Kadare - written in the motivation of the award - means the role of poetry and literature as an instrument of freedom, becoming a support for all the people of the world, who are denied fundamental freedoms."