War in Hemingway and Kadare’s Novels

Fatbardha Doko

Abstract


War is a really common topic, but different authors treat it differently. We see this in Hemingway and Kadare’s novels as well. I saw some of Hemingway’s great novels, Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and Islands in the Stream, and Kadare’s General of the Dead Army, Chronicle in Stone, and November in a Capital City. Through different characters they described what people went through, they discuss about the horror that war brings, the pain people experienced, etc, but also expressed their attitude and opinion on war and politics. We see their novels contain horrifying images of what war can bring – death and destruction. Both Hemingway and Kadare are on the side that fights fascism, since they saw fascism as the most destructive force of humankind. Fascism was the cause of all the suffering and that’s why it should be fought by any case. However, Hemingway and Kadare witnessed another kind of war, which maybe was worse, it was a class war, which Hemingway experienced in Spain and Hemingway in his native Albania. There are many other important aspects to be discussed about these great literary figures, two writers who are distant in space and time, but still have a lot of common, so I believe that Hemingway and Kadare’s novels will be objects of future studies of many prosperous researchers.

Keywords: Hemingway, Kadare, war, novel, politics.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.0001/(aj).v4i2.201

DOI (PDF): http://dx.doi.org/10.0001/(aj).v4i2.201.g1669

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