City suspended between the West and the East and the main way of departures and arrivals in the heart of the Mediterranean, after the shadows of the twentieth century and the long diaspora that saw thousands of people abandon the eastern shore of the Adriatic, Tirana is today at the center of a lively and exuberant cultural renaissance.
Like its literature, its architecture is also relatively recent, showing the traces of totalitarianism but also the presence of Ottoman buildings, villas and liberty palaces, reminiscences of foreign domains and innovative interventions of urban transformation.
The temporary library edited by Luke Scarlini and open to the public from 4 to September 8 thanks to the collaboration between Festivaletteratura, the Embassy of the Republic of Albania in Italy and the Mantuan Library Network, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Albania and the Municipality of Tirana, it wants to be a window on writers and the events of a capital from the near past that looks to the future. A path reconstructed by the curator in an introductory accent and enriched by the contribution of very valid library guides, who besides the most significant works of Albanian authors will also be an opportunity to rediscover stories like that of Girolamo De Rada, intellectual and poet who founded the newspaper L'Albanese d'Italia in Calabria and became one of the protagonists of 19th century Albanian literature; of travelers as the anthropologist Mary Edith Durham and the writer Joseph Roth, who were bewitched by the charm of a nearby yet mysterious land; of languages that still demonstrate an extraordinary vitality, like that of the arbëreshë community of southern Italy.
Following an ideal fil rouge that starts from the over one hundred and sixty titles in the library, Luke Scarlini and readers of the Reading Company will hold one choral performance in the evocative spaces of the Reclamation Consortium, giving voice to real and imagined characters who have crossed the streets of Tirana [ev.179]. The testimonies of important Albanian writers will also be celebrated at the Festival Fatos Kongoli, interviewed by Bruno Gambarotta [ev.177] e Virgjil Muçi, protagonist of an event in the company of Massimo Cirri[ev.226] and one fairytale reading at the Casa del Mantegna [ev.120]. Wide space will also be given to the architecture of Tirana in the conference of Elisabetta Terragni, author of important restoration and creation of museum spaces including the House of Leaves and the Kadare House Museum [ev.92], without forgetting the music and the poignant melodies of the diasporas, which they will relive in the concert of the Albanian jazz singer Elina Duni [ev.124].