Lightning from the Depths: An Anthology of Albanian Poetry (Writings From An Unbound Europe)

Lightning from the Depths: An Anthology of Albanian Poetry (Writings From An Unbound Europe) by Robert Elsie, Janice Mathie-Heck

Title: Lightning from the Depths: An Anthology of Albanian Poetry (Writings From An Unbound Europe)
Author: Robert Elsie, Janice Mathie-Heck
ISBN10: 0810124637
ISBN13: 978-0810124639
Publisher: Northwestern University Press; 1 edition (September 19, 2008)
Language: English
Subcategory: Poetry
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Lightning from the Depths: An Anthology of Albanian Poetry (Writings From An Unbound Europe) by Robert Elsie, Janice Mathie-Heck


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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.