Welcome to the website of Robert Elsie: writer, translator, interpreter and
specialist in Albanian studies. Here you will find not only information about
Robert Elsie, but in particular all the publications of the author: books, articles,
book reviews and interviews from 1975 to the present day. The full text of
many of these books and of most of the articles, book reviews and interviews
can be downloaded as a PDF file.
The focal point of the scholarly interests of Robert Elsie over the last thirty
years has been Albanian culture, literature and history.
The website „Albanian Art“ is devoted to art in Albania in the broadest sense,
that it to say, to the various artistic endeavours undertaken by Albanians or
connected in some way with Albania and/or the Albanians. It does not purport
to provide a comprehensive history of Albanian art, but simply to present
aspects and phenomena that might be of interest to the international
The website „Texts and Documents of Albanian History“ is a collection of texts
which endeavours to throw light on a corner of Europe which is often ignored
by historians and scholars. It is not designed as a history of Albania or of the
Albanians, but is simply a compilation of historical texts - some important and
some less important - from the eleventh to the twenty-first century, which will
add to an understanding of the history and development of Albania and its
people. Many of these works have never appeared before in translation.
The website „Albanian Language“ offers an introduction to the Albanian
language, with some historical audio recordings in this language. In the section
„Albanian Dialects“, the visitor can listen to the regional dialects of Albanian
and hear how the language is spoken in the various parts of the Albanian-
The website „Albanian Literature in Translation“ contains the largest selection
of Albanian literature ever to appear in English translation. It comprises a wide
range of authors from past and present, including writers from Albania,
Kosova and the Albanian diaspora, as well as examples of Albanian oral
literature. Some of these translations have been published but most of them
appear there for the first time.
The website „Early Photography in Albania“ endeavours to present some early
collections of photos of Albania and the Albanians, primarily from the late
nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which, it is to be hoped, will provide
some fascinating glimpses into the past of the Albanian people.
Have fun reading.
The texts of all articles and books which can be downloaded here may be copied for private use
if the author and source are properly acknowledged. Please contact the author in advance for any
commercial usage. Thank you. | Robert Elsie
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