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  • Published: 15 November 2003
  • ISBN: 9780099449836
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $19.99

Spring Flowers, Spring Frost




A masterpiece of economy, humour, and mythology - an indelible picture of the imagination freed from communistic glaciers.

As Spring arrives in the Albanian mountain town, some strange things are emerging in the thaw. Bank robbers, unknown under the tyrannical ancient regime, strike up the National Bank. The ghastly Kanun, regulator of medieval Albania's blood vendettas, is dredged up from the shipwreck of history. And the ultraexplosive secrets of the state secrets, rumoured to be buried in the area, are threatening to flood the entire nation. As the dreamy painter Mark Gurabardhi struggles to complete a portrait of the iceberg that struck the Titanic, he finds his quiet life disturbed by ancient love and modern barbarism, by the renaissance of Brezhnev and Oedipus, and by the peculiar brutality of a country surprised and divided by its new found freedom.

  • Pub date: 15 November 2003
  • ISBN: 9780099449836
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Ismail Kadare

Ismail Kadare is Albania’s best-known novelist and poet. Translations of his novels have appeared in more than forty countries. He was awarded the inaugural Man Booker International Prize in 2005, and the Jerusalem Prize in 2015.

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