That is why the last words spoken by Antonio Caiazza , during the presentation of his book "In alto mare" in Formigine (Modena), they moved me and made me think.
He was there in Albania, even with his pregnant wife and little son; before leaving, some of his friends considered him a bit crazy for this trip, imagining who knows what dangers he might encounter. And instead he returns and tells us that Albania is a normal country.
He said this because he knows that we Italians, never as in this historical, social and economic moment, need to be reassured about these multitudes of foreigners who invade our country.
I believe that his intent in the book, as a journalist, was to offer the picture of Albania's historical and political path, but the thing that attracts me and that will make me read this writing is that it did it starting from people. From their life stories and their inevitable humanity.
He told us about Agolli, an important Albanian writer who, unlike his famous colleague Kadarè, who emigrated abroad, remained.
That with irony and wisdom tells us "... A good part of the concrete things done in Albania, even good, positive things, were done with money coming from drugs, from corruption. Corruption is one with capitalism. We must also go through this phase. In any case, we sell the drugs to you (Italians), who have been democrats long before us and buy it. When you don't ask for it anymore ... ".
Agolli tried to give us an authentic Albania, if only from his point of view, explains Caiazza.
And he too, Caiazza, is the same.
He takes us to the homes of those Albanians who are still there or here and show us all their normal humanity.
In Albania I have not yet gone, but I have known Albanians and I enjoyed "cataloging" some of their cultural characteristics. Speaking with my friends, my colleagues and my bosses, I have to say that in Albania people were born proud of their being Albanian. This can sometimes lead to rigidity, closure, but on the other hand, how not to understand it after a regime like theirs.
They are big and serious workers.
And now I already feel the weight of those who have a story to tell about an Albanian who behaved badly, but I try to pretend nothing happened and proceed. There will be, no, Italians who don't like pasta ?! Or that they don't respect the rules? !!!
I conclude by saying that the Municipality of Formigine was good at asking Mr. Bushi, coordinator of the Foreign Center of the Ceramic District, to choose an author.
Here is the evening, here is Caiazza. A normal man, like almost all of us.
And so yes, Albania is a normal country, with many special children.
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