The Condemned Apple: Selected Poetry

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In this bilingual edition, Green Integer presents, for the first time in English, the poetry of the greatest living Albanian poet. As Janice Mathie-Heck makes clear in her introduction, Visar Zhiti lived a life of great privation: locked away in dictator Enver Hoxha’s prisons, Zhiti was not allowed pencil or paper. He wrote his poems in his mind, and he and other prisoners committed them to memory, in part to keep their sanity and to enliven the terrible lives they were forced to bear. Only when Hoxha fell from ...

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Overview

In this bilingual edition, Green Integer presents, for the first time in English, the poetry of the greatest living Albanian poet. As Janice Mathie-Heck makes clear in her introduction, Visar Zhiti lived a life of great privation: locked away in dictator Enver Hoxha’s prisons, Zhiti was not allowed pencil or paper. He wrote his poems in his mind, and he and other prisoners committed them to memory, in part to keep their sanity and to enliven the terrible lives they were forced to bear. Only when Hoxha fell from power and the political prisoners were freed was Zhiti’s poetry brought to print.

Now English-speaking readers can share in the remarkably gentle and imagistically rich poems produced out of Zhiti’s years of suffering.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931243728
  • Publisher: Green Integer Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Language: Albanian
  • Series: Green Integer Series
  • Edition description: Bilingual Edition: English & Albanian
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 1,114,082
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 11
Introduction : the plight of Prometheus, thoughts on the poetry of Visar Zhiti 19
From the volume Kujtesa e ajrit (Tirana 1993)
Time 47
The old market 49
The little things 51
The shoeshine boy 53
Elegy of the forest 55
That night in the capital 61
In Homer's sea 65
The arrival of Pegasus in my cell 67
Moments pass 73
At the bars of my cell 75
Abandonment 77
Love 81
The epilogue (of which time makes a preface) 85
And in Italy you can weep 89
The Colosseum 95
When will we go to ... 99
From the volume Hedh nje kafke (Tirana 1994)
The condemned apple 103
Perhaps the last encounter with the moon 109
The curse 113
The child and the lunatic land 115
Living desert 119
A rainy day 123
Life 127
Anti-lullaby 131
Icons under arrest 135
Hunger strike 139
Little prison, big prison 143
Around the camp they were killing the forest 147
Death continues 151
Death impresses no one here 155
Epitaph 159
The prison shower room 161
Gratitude 167
From the volume Mbjellja e vetetimave (Skopje 1994)
Second sun 175
Bloody lips 177
Mountains all around 181
Prison leaf 183
New boots 185
Thank you, rainbow! 189
I am waiting, freedom 191
Gathering light 193
Athena street 197
A piece of the Berlin Wall 201
Sowing lightning 205
In Luxembourg 207
From the volume Dyert e gjalla (Tirana 1995)
In our cells 209
Locked doors 211
The prisoner's wife 213
The siege 215
So exhausting 217
In the palace of the King of Romania 219
When you left me alone in Germany 223
The golden fen 227
Angel in Holland 229
The walls of Delphi 231
Squirrels in Washington 233
Cynthia, that nice black girl 235
Bible in my hotel room 239
Barefoot 243
Face to face with the Mona Lisa 245
Arberesh village 249
The tyrant's one-time office, near which I work 253
Abyss 257
From the volume Si shkohet ne Kosove (Tirana 2000)
Where is the road to Kosova 259
The lake 263
Handcuffs at school 265
My father's poem 267
Far from our countries 273
Engraving in the air, 1389 277
A young woman suckles her baby among the deportees 279
Grand Hotel 281
This (un)usual day 285
Buried a second time over 289
A visit to the radio and television station 291
Prizren 293
The act of denunciation, an "expert opinion" on the poetic works of Visar Zhiti (1979) 298
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