Lightning from the Depths An Anthology of Albanian Poetry

Lightning from the Depths
  • Engels
  • Paperback
  • 9780810124639
  • Druk: First
  • november 2008
  • 176 pagina's
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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. Lightning from the Depths is the first English collection to present the full range of Albanian verse from the early Christian traditions to the influence of Islam and the Ottoman Empire and from the beginnings of a modern tradition, quashed by the Stalinists, to today. All along this rocky path, poets have turned the political strife, poverty, and isolation their nation has often experienced into art. Lightning from the Depths opens readers' eyes to a world populated by artists who spin despair into poetry. The Albanians, god gave them nothing, not even grass. Only snakes and stones. But they did have something which the Almighty never discovered. They lived long and when they died, they died chanting oi oi oi. At each of their heads fell a plane tree split in two - Ali Podrimja.

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Dedicated translators like Robert Elsie and Janice Mathie-Heck are often the only gatekeepers to the literary culture of a country as small as this one. Lightning from the Depths serves as a wonderful reminder of the state of ignorant impoverishment we would find ourselves in without their noble efforts. --Chantal Wright, editor, Transcript, the European Internet Review of Books and Writing An anthology purports to make selective decisions on what to include. It presupposes a grand tradition of the medium. One would think then, that the hard-scrabble Albanians would present a meagre offering for such a task. A people who until only a half-century ago had neither a national archive nor a university, they were deemed largely illiterate due to invasion, poverty, isolation and marginalization. Think again and otherwise. Elsie and Mathie-Heck provide a compendium of fifty poets spanning six centuries, with an unexpected range of styles that is as startling as the image of lightning chosen for the title of their book. The reader will find subtlety, sophistication and strength in its pages, and as with all poetry, the seduction of the strange and the familiar. --A. E. Liolin

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Taal
Engels
Bindwijze
Paperback
Druk
First
Verschijningsdatum
2008-09-01
Aantal pagina's
176 pagina's
Illustraties
Nee

Betrokkenen

Auteur
Robert Elsie
Redacteur
Robert Elsie
Uitgever
Northwestern University Press

Vertaling

Vertaald door
Robert Elsie Janice Mathie-Heck

EAN

EAN
9780810124639

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Oorspronkelijke releasedatum
2008-11-15
Subtitel
An Anthology of Albanian Poetry
Thema Subject Code
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