Winter in Tirane: The Stories of Jiri Kajane

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Winter in Tirane: The Stories of Jiri Kajane, brings together for the first time twelve intertwined tales of bittersweet love, absurd politics, and comic hijinks by the enigmatic Jiri Kajane...an exploration of the meaning of identity, the power of suggestion, and the complex relationship between a story and its creator. More

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About Jiri Kajane

Time Out Scotland named Jiri Kajane "the second greatest living Albanian writer," after Ismail Kdare. But who exactly is Jiri Kajane, and why has no one in the literary world ever actually met him? Why has he never been photographed?

According to some accounts, Kajane was raised in Kruje, Albania. His satirical drama, Neser Perdite (Tomorrow, Every Day), is rumored to have received great acclaim in a singular 1981 performance before being banned by the Albanian Ministry of Culture. Due to Kajane’s precarious standing before the revolution, his work has never been published in his home country.

Reviews

Review by: Michelle Richmond on March 16, 2015 :
Take Kafka and Joseph Heller and throw in a bit of Seinfeld, and you have something akin to Jiri Kajane. These stories tackle beautifully the complexities of living within the confines of a bureaucracy whose rules are constantly changing. Leni's ongoing attempts to be a better, more successful person inside a system that constructs one wall after another are both humorous and poignant. But these stories are also about relationships: the Minister of Slogan's unrequited love for the wife who left him, his complex and often fraught relationship with his ailing father, and his enduring friendship with the indefatigable Leni. These are stories you'll continue thinking about long after you've finished reading them.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: wrybread on Nov. 07, 2011 : (no rating)
An intriguing collection of short fiction with an equally intriguing backstory:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jun/17/ian-jack-jiri-kajane-albanian-hoax

The petty cons perpetrated by the protagonists would be adequate entertainment on their own, but read in the light of full disclosure, the stories are all the better.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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