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Ismail Kadare celebrates his 85th birthday

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The genius of Albanian letters Ismail Kadare celebrates his 85th birthday today. Kadare was born in Gjirokastra, in 1936 he is one of the greatest contemporary writers of Albanian literature. It has been translated into dozens of languages of the world, making known and raising our name and identity as Albanians.

In 1996 Kadare became a permanent member of the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences in France.

In 1992 he was awarded the "Prix Mondial Cino Del Duca"; in 2005 he won the "Man Booker International" award, in 2009 the "Prince of Asturias Awards" for the Arts, in 2015 the "Jerusalem" award, in 2019 the "Park Kyong-ni" award and in 2020 the "Neustadt" and "Prozart" awards. In 2016, the French president awarded him the title of "Commander of the Legion of Honor". Kadare has been nominated several times for the NOBEL in literature, while in recent years he divides his time between France and Albania.

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