Unfinished Portrait of a Country

Overview

This book offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of the past, present, and future of Albania. Prifti offers portraits of prominent Albanians throughout history, including Mother Teresa and Fan S. Noli, former president of Albania, and founder of the Albanian Orthodox Church in America. He also examines crucial aspects of Albanian politics, economics, as well as the current situation in the Albanian reigion of Kosovo. In his discussions of Albanian culture, the author presents a ...

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Overview

This book offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of the past, present, and future of Albania. Prifti offers portraits of prominent Albanians throughout history, including Mother Teresa and Fan S. Noli, former president of Albania, and founder of the Albanian Orthodox Church in America. He also examines crucial aspects of Albanian politics, economics, as well as the current situation in the Albanian reigion of Kosovo. In his discussions of Albanian culture, the author presents a overview of the nation's traditional and contemporary literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880335584
  • Publisher: East European Monographs
  • Publication date: 7/27/2005
  • Series: East European Monographs
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Prifti is a member emeritus of the department of linguistics at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Confrontation in Kosovo: The Albanian-Serb Struggle, 1969-1988.

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Table of Contents

Writings on Fan S. Noli
1 An audience with Metropolitan Fan S. Noli 5
2 The funeral of Fan Noli (1882-1965) 8
3 In memoriam : Bishop Fan Noli 11
4 A great American of Albanian origin 12
5 Noli's opposition to the patriarchate of Istanbul 14
6 A study of Bishop Noli's address to the league of nations 17
Literary studies and critiques
1 A brief survey of Albanian literature 27
2 Literary criticism 30
3 The mysticism of Islam and Bektashism, by Bardhyl Pogoni 36
4 Trilogia Albanica, by Arshi Pipa 39
5 Chimes of the heart, by Xhevat Kallajxhi 47
6 Faik Konica, by Jup Kastrati 50
Portraits of people
1 In remembrance of Pjeter Bogdani (1689-1989) 59
2 Kostandin (Nini) Demo's 85th birthday 63
3 Gjon Mili - distinguished photographer in America 66
4 Mili speaks at M.I.T 68
5 Mother Teresa - renowned Albanian Nun is welcomed in Boston 70
6 In memory of Hamdi Kerciku (1904-1978) 72
7 In memory of Prof. Skender Luarasi (1900-1982) 74
8 Melhem Mobarak - friend of Albania 77
9 Louis M. Prifti - fighting son of Borova 81
10 Odile Daniel - devoted French scholar of Albanian studies 87
11 Nermin Vlora Falaschi's scholarly work 91
12 In memoriam : Xhevat Kallajxhi (1904-1989) 94
13 Reminiscences of Prof. Peter Terpatsi (1932-2002) 97
Book reviews
1 Scanderbeg - eagle of Albania, by Charles Ewert 103
2 Skanderbeg as seen by American poet Clement C. Moore 106
3 Ismail Kemal Bey Vlora, by Renzo Falaschi 109
4 F. S. Noli, standard bearer of the nation, by Eduard Lico (Ed.) 113
5 King Zog and the struggle for stability in Albania, by Bernd Jurgen Fischer 117
6 Anglo-American relations with Albania (1912-1955), by William Bland and Ian Price 123
7 Stalinist economic strategy in practice : the case of Albania, by Adi Schnytzer 128
8 Albania of the nineties : a U.N. view 130
9 Kosova - in light of historical documents, by S. S. Juka 138
10 Studies on Kosova, Arshi Pipe and Sami Repishti (Eds.) 142
11 The Saga of Kosovo, by Alex N. Dragnich, and Slavko Todorovich 145
12 Relationship between Yugoslavia and Albania, Ranko Petkovic (Ed.) 147
13 The forbidden people, by Rexhep Qosja 153
14 Foreign police spying on U.S. Albanians, by "the investigator" 159
15 Red cross - black eagle, by Joan Fultz Kontos 163
16 Magic, myths, and popular beliefs, by Antonio Bollusci 165
17 The mysticism of Islam and Bektashizm, by Baba Rexheb 168
18 Diary of a wounded heart : 1937-1975, by Prenk Gruda 171
19 The messenger, Museum of Shkoder 178
20 Albanian literature, by Namik Ressuli 183
21 Bloodthirsty vipers and other stories, by Adem Demaci 188
22 Albanian grammar, by Martin Camaj 192
23 Basic Albanian etymologies, by Martin E. Huld 195
Cultural notes
1 A glimpse of pre-Christian Albania 201
2 Boston Albanians celebrate America's bicentennial 204
3 Society for Albanian studies founded in America 207
4 25th anniversary of Koha e Jone quarterly 209
5 A look at Albanian social greetings 212
Translations of Albanian poetry and prose
1 Vaso Pasha, Albania 218
2 Naim Frasheri, Herds and pastures (excerpt) 224
3 Fan S. Noli, By the river banks 226
4 Mother Teresa (Gonxhe Bojaxhiu), goodbye 230
5 Xhevat Kallajxhi, the dance of death 234
6 Two pretty ones (folklore) 240
7 Scanderbeg's speech to the warriors and people of Croya 245
8 Fan S. Noli, the return of George Castrioti to Croya 248
9 Speech of Ismail Kemal (1912) 250
10 Fan S. Noli, speech to the League of Nations, Geneva (1924) 252
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