Under the Banners of Melancholy

Under the Banners of Melancholy : Collected Literary Works

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This volume presents the literary work (prose and poetry) of the northern Albanian writer Migjeni (1911-1938). The main theme of his literary work was misery and despair. Previous generations of Albanian writers had sung the beauties of the Albanian mountains and the sacred traditions of the nation, whereas Migjeni now opened his eyes to the harsh realities of life, to the appalling level of misery, disease and poverty he discovered all around him. He was a writer of despair who saw no way out, who cherished no hope that anything but death could put an end to his suffering. "I suffer with the child whose father cannot buy him a toy. I suffer with the young man who burns with unfulfilled sexual desire. I suffer with the middle-aged man drowning in the apathy of life. I suffer with the old man who trembles at the prospect of death. I suffer with the peasant struggling with the soil. I suffer with the worker crushed by iron. I suffer with the sick racked by all the diseases of the world... I suffer with man"show more

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  • Paperback | 162 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 9mm | 227g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508675996
  • 9781508675990

About Migjeni

Robert Elsie is an internationally recognized expert in the field of Albanian studies and the author of many books on the history and culture of Albania. See www.elsie.deshow more

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