The Albanian Affairs

The Albanian Affairs

By Susana Fortes; Leland H. Chambers (Translator)

McPherson, Hardcover, 9780929701790, 180pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2006

During Enver Hoxha's totalitarian rule following World War Two, Albania became the most isolated and paranoid European state. Two brothers -- sons of a war hero and domineering official -- come to embody the only possibilities for life under these conditions: capitulation or resistance. Viktor becomes a willing soldier and brings home a beautiful girl, Helena, as his wife. Ismail, shunned by his father and by nature a poet, is emotionally blinded from the mysterious death of his mother when he was 4. As an irresistible attraction develops between Helena and Ismail, they are compelled to uncover the long-hidden tragedy to which they are all heirs.

About the Author
Susana Fortes is a native of Spain. Her novels have been translated into almost twenty languages, and she is the winner of numerous literary awards, including the Premio Nuevos Narradores, the Premio Primavera, the Premio de la Critica, and, for Waiting for Robert Capa, the Premio Fernando Lara. She is a regular contributor to El Pais as well as various cinema and literature magazines.

Susana Fortes es licenciada en Geografia e Historia. En 1994 gano el Premio Nuevos Narradores con su primera novela, Querido Corto Maltes. Luego fue finalista del Premio Primavera 2001 con Fronteras de arena y finalista del Premio Planeta 2003 con El amante albanes, una novela que se convirtio en bestseller en Espana. La traduccion en ingles, The Albanian Affairs, ha conseguido el tercer premio del Book of the Year Awards 2006. Sus obras han sido traducidas a diez idiomas. Actualmente vive en Valencia, donde compagina la ensenanza con el periodismo y la literatura.

Leland H. Chambers is emeritus professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Denver.