This year too, Ismail Kadare will be Albania’s candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature. For years, the Albanian Academy of Sciences has proposed Kadare for the prize.
The news comes as a birthday wish from Albanian academics on the writer’s 85th anniversary.
Ismail Kadare is an Albanian novelist, poet, essayist, and playwright. He has been a leading literary figure in Albania since the 1960s. He focused on poetry until the publication of his first novel, The General of the Dead Army, which made him a leading literary figure in Albania and famous internationally. In 1996, France made him a foreign associate of the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques of France.
In 1992 he was awarded the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca; in 1998, the Herder Prize; in 2005, Kadare won the inaugural Man Booker International Prize; in 2009, the Prince of Asturias Award of Arts; in 2015, the Jerusalem Prize; and in 2016, he was a Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur recipient. Furthermore, Kadare was awarded the Park Kyong-ni Prize in 2019, and the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2020.
Kadare is regarded by some as one of the greatest European writers and intellectuals of the 20th century and, in addition, as a universal voice against totalitarianism.He is the husband of author Helena Kadare, and the father of Ambassador Besiana Kadare.