From the moment that Gjorg’s brother is killed by a neighbour, his own life is forfeit: for the code of Kanun requires Gjorg to kill his brother’s murderer and then in turn be hunted down. After shooting his brother’s killer, young Gjorg is entitled to thirty days’ grace – not enough to see out the month of April. Then a visiting honeymoon couple cross the path of the fugitive. The bride’s heart goes out to Gjorg, and even these ‘civilised’ strangers from the city risk becoming embroiled in the fatal mechanism of vendetta.
Broken April is a powerful novel about Albania’s tradition of blood feuds. The novel presents the intersecting stories of two men: Gjorg, a mountaineer from Northern Albania who has been forced by his family to kill another man, and Bessian, a writer who is honeymooning with his young wife in Northern Albania.