Ismail Kadare, Albanian author.Ismail Kadare (born 28 January 1936 Gjirokastër,Albania) is a best-selling Albanian writer. He is known for his novels, although he was first noticed for his poetry collections. He has been a leading literary figure in his own country since the 1960s. In the 1960s he focused on short stories until the publication of his first novel, The General of the Dead Army. His works have been published in about thirty languages.