The Friends of the Library of Cervia Association - in collaboration with the Municipal Library "Maria Goia" of Cervia - invited Professor Diana Kastrati, director of the Italian language department of the University of Tirana, to talk about the literature of socialist realism in Albania and of the anomaly represented by Ismail Kadare, with particular reference to his novel "The city of stone".
The appointment is for Saturday 16 February at 15 at the conference hall of the "Maria Goia" Library, Circonvallazione Sacchetti, 111, in Cervia.
Director of the Italian language department of the University of Tirana, Diana Kastrati is a teacher and translator. He has obtained numerous post-university qualifications in linguistics and political science in Italy (Rome, Perugia, Bari) and in Holland (Hage).
His work focuses mainly on Italian literature and culture, but also on cultural anthropology in general. He has collaborated in some publications of Italian professors, as well as having published two of his personal works and numerous articles.
She was an integral part of the council of the foreign language faculty of the University of Tirana and of the jury that awarded the winner in the 2015 'Book Fair', while it is currently part of the 'Iliria' cultural academy.
Ismail Kadare he is the greatest writer of contemporary Albanian literature and is a great personality known worldwide, not only in the literary field, but also on the political, social and a great defender of human rights.
He has always participated in the literary life of his country, and in the discussion and resolution of the serious national social and political problems of Albania. His thought, always original, courageous and emancipated, played an important role in their resolution.
In October 1990, when the Communist leadership did not undertake any democratic reform in oppressed and isolated Albania, to express its disapproval publicly, Kadare asked for political asylum in France.
From there, through the foreign press and numerous interviews and articles, he greatly stimulated the development of the democratic awareness of the Albanians.
The city of stone
In such a city it is not easy to be a child. An ancient and stone city. Able to cause pain, wounds and sores, because on contact it can be rough and cold, like stone, like war.
In the background, the tragedy of the second world war, a monster from which the little Albanian protagonist of this story knows how to defend himself as only children can do.
For him who still does not know the folly of the great, everything takes on the appearance of play and discovery: the blackout, the leaks in the air-raid shelters, the uniforms of the soldiers and the mysterious house that is home to many beautiful foreign ladies.
A large group of extravagant and unforgettable characters accompanies him on his journey through the city of stone: the grandfather who speaks Turkish and makes him smoke, the gypsies with magical violins, the unattainable Margherita and the non-chaste Susanna, the bearded woman the centenarians who, season after season, watch him become a man.
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