Albanian author Ismaïl Kadaré, opponent of the communist dictatorship, has died | EUROtoday

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VS'is a pointy pen that disappears. Albanian author Ismail Kadare, 88, creator of a monumental work below the communist tyranny of Enver Hoxha, died on Monday 1er July morning, his writer and the hospital introduced to Agence France-Presse (AFP).

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“Ismail Kadare died of a heart attack,” mentioned the hospital in Tirana, the Albanian capital. He arrived there “without any sign of life,” docs gave him cardiac therapeutic massage, however he “died around 6:40 GMT” (8:40 native time), the hospital mentioned. A sarcastic ethnographer and novelist alternating between the grotesque and the epic, Ismail Kadare explored the myths and historical past of his nation to dissect the mechanisms of a common evil, totalitarianism.

Albania lived for many years below the dictatorship of Enver Hoxha, one of the closed on the planet.

“Communist hell is suffocating”

In considered one of his final interviews, in October 2023, Ismaïl Kadaré informed AFP that “communist hell, like any other hell, is stifling.” “But in literature, it transforms into a force of life, a force that helps you survive, to defeat the dictatorship head-on,” he continued.

Literature “gave me everything I have today, it was the meaning of my life, it gave me the courage to resist, happiness, the hope to overcome everything,” he defined, already weakened, from his house in Tirana.

Ismaïl Kadaré was made Commander of Arts and Letters in 1996 and Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor in 2020.