The national library of Albania has chosen the journalist Indro Montanelli to whom he dedicated the International Book Day. The director of the same, Aurel Plasari, spoke about the importance of the Italian journalist for Albania, also presenting his book, "Albania one and a thousand"(Turin, 1939) written by Montanelli while this was in Albania, between 1938 and March 1939.
For the occasion, Sandro Gerbi, Montanelli's biographer who described the experience of the journalist in Albania, was present in Tirana.
Montanelli moved to Tirana to follow his father who in the 1938 was an important official of the Ministry of Public Education, in charge of the reform of the Albanian system. Probably the journalist, at the time in his thirties, was asked not to write about politics, reason for which his articles concern the Roma community in Albania and were published in the "Corriere della Sera". A strange and curious case, considering the shameful racism of the fascist government on the Roma.
Ironically, the journalist left Albania on the last days of March and was not present during the invasion which, we are sure, would have described beautifully, though perhaps not faithfully.
Montanelli returned to Albania in 1942, when I interviewed the outgoing prime minister, Mustafa Kruja, also writing about Jacomoni, commissioner and representative of the Italian government in Tirana, as well as the Italian-Greek war. The articles written during the visit, however, feel of a spirit of propaganda, all in all normal for the time.
In the journalist's biography there is mention of another publication, "Old, new Albania", ("Garzanti", Milan 1939), still unobtainable in any library and also in the Garzanti catalog.
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