The Albanian Affairs
- Author: Fortes, Susana
- Binding: Clothbound, sewn, jacketed
- Pages: 180
- Size: 5 x 8"
- Pub. Year: 2006
- ISBN: 0-929701-79-8
- In Stock: Yes
Translated from the Spanish by Leland H. Chambers
First English Language Edition.
WINNER: 2006 BOOK OF THE YEAR BRONZE AWARD -- FICTION IN TRANSLATION
A brilliant and gripping novel about Albania under dictatorship, when it was the most isolated and paranoid European state, and where life could only be lived in complicity with its tyranny, or in clandestine resistance. The villa of state hero Zanum Radjik on Tirana's Elbesan road is a house of secrets. On one wall hangs the portrait of Zanum's absent wife, whose name is never heard within the house. She was the mother of his two very different sons, and the image of her gaze bears silent witness to her mysterious death of many years before, when Ismaíl, the youngest, was only five. Viktor—the elder son, his father's favorite—brings into this house without women a beautiful young peasant girl, Helena, as his bride. But the Radjik brothers have chosen opposing paths of honor, and painfully measure the distances growing between them. During one of Victor's frequent calls to military duty, an irresistible passion for Helena overwhelms Ismaíl, and he finds himself compelled to exhume at last the long-hidden truths and duplicitous crimes that poison all of their lives. The Albanian Affairs is a gripping exposé of psychological oppression. It is also a sensuous yet wrenching story of forbidden love, and an archetypal tragedy that echoes inexorably as if from the hand of the Greek playwright Aeschylus.
Splendidly translated from the Spanish by Leland H. Chambers, The Albanian Affairs is the first of Susana Fortes's six novels to be published in English.
We invite you to read the first two chapters: Chapters One and Two (PDF)
The Albanian Affairs is a "powerful meditation on the destinies of love's outlaws."—Kirkus Reviews (starred)
Susana Fortes was born in Pontevedra, in the Galician region of Spain. She received degrees in history from the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela and the Universidad de Barcelona....