Editorial / September 22, 2010

Ky postim ekziston gjithashtu në Vesionin Shqip

Books may change people’s lives. Without a good part of them, I say it convincingly that we would not be the ones we are today. Surely I make part of this category those people whose relationship with the books has not been coincidental. Without a good part of some authors, we would not be the ones we are today and our world would not be the one that presently rules on us. Going away from literature means nothing else but a spiritual vacuum. None better than the words, written on a paper, can stir such feelings than the books can. Especially when you take them away from the shelves where they are covered in dust and when you find some small notes on their pages that bring you back on time. There are some authors who, for the sake of the truth, have become proper names in our literature. That’s the sensation you get when you meet the authors of these books. That’s what happened to me when I met Dritëro Agolli. Now he is well aware that the books are no longer so important to the people as they used to be. To reinforce this opinion, he shared an episode with me. When he was leaving the book fair, some children look at him. One said to the others: “Look, how old is this man! He must have had a coffee with Skanderbeg…” It is one of those episodes which make you smile sadly. I have been thinking a lot before interviewing Dritëro Agolli. I ran into various opinions like he is a politicised author, he belongs to the literature of socialist realism, that is a non-coherent literature and so on and so forth. Until I spoke with him in person. I promised him that our interview would be free from politics because I keep believing that most of his books stand on the top. And in fact, when I think of “The Shine and the Fall of Mr. Zylo,” I remind of many colleagues of mine who write the others’ speeches here and there… Then he told me about a young Albanian who studied in Vienna and which he bought his books for their rich vocabulary. Somewhere I have read a phrase which greatly affected me. “The man speaks with as many words as he thinks”… Exactly for this I value the authors of literature because they belong to some epochs which can not be ignored whether you agree or not with them… I say it convincingly that without Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn, I would not be the one I am today, likewise without the poetry of Dritëro Agolli, I would not understand how valuable are the feelings to the humans…

Ky postim ekziston gjithashtu në Vesionin Shqip

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Irena Shabani
Is an Albanian freelance journalist and human rights activist specialising in investigative journalism. She co-founded Panorama, the leading newspaper in Albania, where she served as managing editor from 2002 to 2003. Prior to Panorama she was a journalist at Shekulli and Gazeta Shqiptare and has been part of the Albanian Human Rights Group from its beginning. She has collaborated on programmes for the International Research and Exchanges Board, investigating topics involving crime and political corruption and continues to collaborates with foreign organisations and local media focused on social problems and minority rights.

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