In this first novel Ilir Ferra casts light on the life of an Albanian family in the 1980s.
A dreamy young man flees the gray, dictatorial everyday life and finds in the world of Manga-comics, which he knows from Italian television, a refuge for his fantasy.
Ilir Ferra was born in 1974 in the Albanian coastal city of Durrës. He studied translation at the University of Vienna. In 2008 he was awarded the prize “Writing Between Cultures.”
His first novel Smoke-Shadows was honored in 2012 with the Adelbert-von-Chamisso Prize of the Robert Bosch Foundation.
He lives with his family in Vienna, where he works as a freelance author and translator.
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