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Lightning from the Depths: An Anthology of Albanian Poetry
translated by Robert Elsie and Janice Mathie-Heck
edited by Robert Elsie and Janice Mathie-Heck
Northwestern University Press, 2008
Paper: 978-0-8101-2463-9 | Cloth: 978-0-8101-2462-2
Library of Congress Classification PG9665.E54L55 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.9911008

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ABOUT THIS BOOK


If a people


Have no poets


And no poetry of their own


For a National Anthology


Then treachery and barking


Will do the trick


With these words, a challenge is laid down in this new volume of Albanian poetry. Albania, however, has a dynamic tradition of literature. Lightning from the Depths is the first English collection to present the full range of Albanian verse.


            Albanian literature has had many lives. The early Christian traditions disappeared as Islam and the Ottoman Empire took over. Muslim literature, too, withered when the nation strove to become an independent European country. The beginnings of a modern tradition were quashed by the Stalinists. All along this rocky path, poets have turned the political strife, poverty, and isolation their nation has often experienced into culture, both celebrating and questioning the society in which they live. Lightning from the Depths opens readers’ eyes to a new political and cultural world populated artists who can spin despair into poetry.




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