“Endearing, gently humorous.”
Professor Sue Vice, author of Textual Deceptions: False Memoirs and Literary Hoaxes in the Contemporary Era, quoted in The Independent
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. Set against the final days of the Albanian empire, the stories follow an unnamed narrator–the Deputy Minister of Slogans–and his young friend Leni as they attempt to navigate a landscape of shifting political alliances and unsettling personal affairs. By turns funny, profound, and moving, Winter in Tirane is an exploration of the meaning of identity, the power of suggestion, and the complex relationship between a story and its creator.
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.