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Classical Albanian Literature:
A Reader

Albanian Studies, Vol. 18

ISBN 978-1515132769
Centre for Albanian Studies, London 2015
248 pp.

This reader presents the best of classical Albanian literature, from the end of the nineteenth to the middle of the twentieth century. It includes the best-known works of the age, poetry in particular.

After a sluggish start, Albanian literature flourished in the 1920s and 1930s. By the mid-1930s, it reached a zenith, when intellectual life in the country was finally on a sound footing. A modern literature had been created in Albania and the nation had come of age. Alas, it was a brief blossoming in the shadow of the apocalypse which loomed in the form of the Stalinist regime that seized power in 1944 and would snuff out all genuine literary production for decades to come.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Pashko Vasa (1825-1892)
Oh Albania, Poor Albania

Naim Frashëri (1846-1900)
   Oh, Mountains of Albania
   The Words of the Candle
   The Flute
   Hope
   Kerbela

Andon Zako Çajupi (1866-1930)
   My Village
   Motherland
   Servitude

Ndre Mjeda (1866-1937)
   Winter
   To the Albanian Eagle
   Freedom
   Lokja

Gjergj Fishta (1871-1940)
   Mehmet Ali Pasha
   Bec Patani Meets his Blood Brother in Battle
   The Mountain Nymphs Mourn the Death of Tringa

Asdreni (1872-1947)
   To the Adriatic
   Forgotten Memories
   The Oracle of Dodona
   The Flute
   Oath to the Flag

Faik Konitza (1875-1942)
   How Albania Looked to Me

Fan Noli (1882-1965)
   On Riverbanks
   Dead in Exile
   Run, oh Soldier of Marathon
   Shakespeare and I

Lasgush Poradeci (1899-1987)
   Pogradec
   Morning
   End of Autumn
   Winter

Ernest Koliqi (1903-1975)
   The Garden

Mitrush Kuteli (1907-1967)
   The Muddy Albanian Soil
   The Autumn of Xheladin Bey

Migjeni (1911-1938)
   Poems of Poverty
   Blasphemy
   Song of Noble Grief
   Autumn on Parade
   Scandalous Song
   Resignation
   Fragment
   The Themes
   Suffering
   Under the Banners of Melancholy
   The Student Back Home
   The Story of One of Those Women

Biographical Notes on the Writers
Bibliography

 

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