Delivered yesterday afternoon, at Villa Marigola, the Lerici Pea Award for the Poetic Opera to Ismail Kadare, novelist, poet, essayist, able "to have created a new world and at the same time very ancient", to "have given Albania a past representing it in the present ”, to have highlighted with its literary capacity“ the gears of violence and the lie of power ”.
These are just some of the reasons that have made the poetic work of the illustrious Albanian, exceptional interpreter of sentiments and universal values, author of a vast literary work "developed over more than half a century to constitute what the international criticism defines concorde, a veritable kadare universe, was awarded yesterday with a medal by the President of the Italian Republic."Through a delicate balance of realistic and allegorical elements, epic and satirical, lyrical and dramatic - states the jury's motivation - his writing thus translates historical episodes, popular myths, narrative inventions or very discrete autobiographical data into texts of universal scope, with a complex symbolic structure. The result is, for Albanian literature, an ideal link to the very roots of European culture ... ". President of the 57 seventh edition of the event, Pia Spagiari, assisted in the organization by Adriana Beverini Maria and Grazia Beverini del Santo in the presence of a jury composed of professors, literary critics, journalists and numerous authorities."This is an important evening not only for me but for all Albanians - explained Llesh Kola, ambassador of Albania in Italy, during the ceremony - our literary genius, the flag of the dignity of our people and the honor of our country, award after award, work after work, the more time goes by the greater we do ".The medal, delivered by the Prefect of La Spezia Giuseppe Forlani, was preceded by the reading of some poems, contained in the collection published for the occasion Even though it is April, edited by Marina Giaveri, and followed by a handshake addressed by Giuseppe Durazzo, Honorary Consul of Albania in Liguria and by Pierre Alexandre Popoff, Honorary Consul of France, a country where Kadaré resides for many months a year.
But the awarding of the prize was only the concluding moment of a "three days" dedicated to poetry, lasting from 24 to September 26, which saw among the protagonists, in addition to Sergio Zavoli, winner of the LericiPea award for epic poetry , again the writer who has the merit, as has been underlined above, of having given the Land of Eagles a great literary monument.
Saturday morning 25, in fact, after receiving a plaque received by the Mayor of Lerici Emanuele Fresco, Kadare commented "Poetry is a bit like those beautiful young ladies of the Belle Epoque, with a noble illness, of which one falls in love and one knows that they must die. Poetry will not die. This is why you are here, to become like guardians of poetry. With this noble prize that serves this purpose ".In the afternoon, at the CAMeC in La Spezia, an all-Albanian meeting took place, in the presence of the mayor of La Spezia Massimo Federici, the diplomatic authorities of Albania and the cultural association of La Spezia Gjergj Fishta, chaired by Julian Topcija, to coclude in beauty, with music and dances from the homeland of one of the great authors of our era.
(1) In the photo the prefect of La Spezia, Giuseppe Forlani, presents Kadare with the medal of the presidency of the Italian Republic, as a prize for LericiPea at the Poetic Opera.
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