Independent Women Forum sponsored by the "Comune di Parma" and "Provincia di Parma" organizes: "November Festival".
As part of these events, the 12 Novembre, the meeting took place at 14.00: "Women and communism in Albania" with the presentation of publications by Ismete Selmanaj Leba at the Piccoli Labirinti Library Viale Gramsci, 5. Parma
Once again, our friendly bookstore "Little Labyrinths" - Parma, with its renowned dedication to readers and which I consider a very well-stocked place for books of various kinds, with a typically hospitable environment, curated by booksellers passionate about their work such as Francesca and Ernesto, becomes an ideal place of welcome for the presentation of books.
Above all the works, bearers of current events and peculiar ethnological elements of mixed cultures such as the novels of the author Ismete Selmanaj Leba, act as bridges of union for the growth of the cultural notions of readers, involving more or less recent generations - in the precise case , due to the targeted content of his novels, to a specific time band, such as that of the '70 -' 80 years concerning Albania - but which, as an added value, have a universal effect just like artistic works and consequently give rise to the involvement of the Italian public and the mixed public of various ages.
Events of this type leave the library more culturally and humanly enriched.
To offer the initial greetings, wishing the welcome to those present, was Marsida Mehdiu, president of the Independent Women Forum.
Excellent professional intervention by the speaker, prof. Ndue Lazri, who presented the review of the novel very naturally, underlining in addition to the narrative side, also the technical aspect with which the novel was written.
The professor. Lazri, together with Pirro Qendro will be speakers in the presentation of the novels of Ismete Selmanaj Leba in Bologna on November 13 at the Ubik library .
Detailed and guided by the passion for reading, the intervention of the other speaker, Elvira Lashi Lika, particularly reflected his sensitivity to social issues, especially those related to women and children.
The intervention of the poet and writer Lumturi Plaku, also characterized by autobiographical notes of his family life spent under dictatorship in Albania, he particularly involved the public from the human and emotional point of view.
The author was very excited and satisfied with the fact of being in Parma, for the first time, in a presentation of her books with all the Albanian speakers, unlike what has been done so far for her novels, which are were presented by ergo Italian speakers, in Italian and also served as study material for the Albanian language and culture subject at the University of Palermo.
The preface both novels were edited by prof. Matteo Mandalà, professor of Albanian language and literature at the University of Palermo.
The topic dealt with inherent to his novels has stimulated the discussion of various ethical and moral problems, why not, political and social of Albania under the dictatorial iron fist for half a century and has ignited in a constructive way the comparison even among Albanians present in the event, belonging to different age groups.
The interest in this event is very remarkable, shown by an environment full of people curious to listen and to actively participate with questions addressed to the author.
The atmosphere of the "çifteli", A lute known as a traditional instrument of Albanian folklore, in a piece magically interpreted by a young boy from Scutari, Kristian Zefi, in his twenties, who was born in Italy, lives in Asti, but preserves and hands down the tradition of his homeland, Albania not only as an instrumentalist, but also as a builder of this instrument and other typically Albanian like ones "lahutë"And"sharki"In first person, having become, despite his youth, a good expert luthier.
The event was also attended by Albanian guests arrived from Asti, given that on the same day, an Albanian language lesson was organized for children, on an open school day with the collaboration of the Albanian language school Scanderbeg of Parma and the AssoAlbania of Asti.
Guests who also came from outside Parma turned out to be a real indicator of readers' motivation to learn as much as possible about the narrative thread and the contents of the novels "Virginity kidnapped" ed "Children have no faults", buying the respective copies present in the library, autographed by the author.
Books by Ismete Selmanaj Leba
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The author conveys professional and human depth.
The novels deal respectively with the topic of the abuse of power of an ex-Albanian communist public official, exercised with violence on a young girl, who will find the courage and strength to redeem herself later. And the other, the nightmare of child trafficking in post-communist Albania.
I hope for an ever more brilliant future for the writer Ismete Selmanaj Leba and I wish good work at the Independent Women Forum, Parma, which dealt with the organization of the event within the framework of the November Festival initiatives.
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