Tirana, 4 January 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
The prominent Albanian writer, Ismail Kadare has received an important medal from the authorities in France. Kadare was honored with the highest medal in France, “Commander of the Legion of Honor”.
The order “Commander of the Legion of Honor” was introduced by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. In little more than two centuries, it has been given to 93 thousand members. This year, this medal has been given to 600 people.
Albanian writer, Ismail Kadare has been nominated several times for the “Nobel” prize in literature, but never won this prize.
Kadare received the French medal on 1 January, while this month he turns 80. The ceremony of the medals this year was dedicated to the victims of the attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine in January 2015.
Ismail Kadare is one of the greatest writers of Albanian literature and also a renowned writer of contemporary world literature. His works have been translated in over 45 foreign languages. They have promoted Albania throughout the world with its centuries long history and culture. /ibna/