During the first months of the 2019 it was open to the public the home of the great Albanian writer Ismail Kadare in Tirana, where he lived and wrote most of his works.
His ancient palace, typical of the communist era, appears as an old building in the modern area of Tirana: at the beginning of the 'Rruga e Dibres', this five-story building today seems to be the symbol of communist life.
Entering from the rear entrance - he reports Visit Tirana - you see a dark entrance, while above hang cables on electric cables and the letter K of the surname Kadare which indicates the home-studio. The housing complex, which also had a small garden, saw only the two writers Ismail Kadare and Dritero Agolli lived in 4 + 1 apartments. All the others, also of intellectual importance, lived in apartments 3 + 1, 2 + 1 and 1 + 1.
On the fourth floor is Kadare's house; as soon as you enter you immediately notice a wall with a small window with the following words written on it: "living means leaving a mark". The old white door as in the times of communism.
Entering the living room what immediately catches one's eye is a closet the size of the entire wall. Inside there are Ismail's childhood memories, from studies in Moscow - with attached block with the Soviet names of his schoolmates in Russia - to school reports, passing through passports, various photos and letters of praise. The room also contains the books that Kadare has written since he moved into the house (1964) until he left it in the early nineties.
Further on in a glass door where the map of Tirana is depicted with the names of the streets and places at that time, you enter a room where the other books are found in order of year while you enter a studio through a curtain. , the only room in which he wrote.
A large fireplace with an armchair in front, a wooden desk and a large library are the objects in the room, the bare essentials for a writer. From what is said his home was the only one with a fireplace.
Another dark room features films based on the books of Kadare and his wife Helena, while another is dedicated to the 'General of the dead army', or the book that made him famous at the time. The last room, instead, is used as a study room for students and scholars,
Very soon the house of Dritero Agolli will be opened to the public and transformed into a museum, to make the entire building a symbol of intellectual life during the communist regime.