Ismail Kadare (1936) is the most famous Albanian writer and currently one of the most famous writers in the world, several times nominated for the “Nobel” in literature. His works have been translated into forty-five languages. In 1996, Kadare became a member of the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences in France. In 1992 he was awarded the Prix Mondial Cino Del Duca; 2005 won the Man Booker International Prize and in 2009 was awarded the Prince of Asturias.
Ismail Kadare is decorated by the institution of the President of the Republic of Albania Order “Honor of the Nation” and the French state orders “Cross of the Legion of Honor” and “Officer of the Legion of Honor”. The representatives novel of Kadare is “The General the dead Army” (1963), which is an amplification of his short-story with the same title published in 1962 in the journal “Nëndori”.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the publication of the short-story, “The General of the Dead Army” OM’s Publishing House published in 2012 as a critical edition (story and study about it).