Fatos Arapi

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Fatos Arapi is an Albanian poet, short story writer, translator and journalist, laureate of the Struga Poetry Evenings Golden Wreath Award for 2008.

Biography[edit]

Born in 1930 in the village of Zvërnec near Vlorë, he studied economics in Sofia, Bulgaria from 1949 to 1954, then started to work as a journalist in Tirana.[1] He soon made a name for himself as a poet, and went on to work as a researcher for the History and Philology Department of Tirana University. He now lives in Tirana.

Characteristics of his poetic work[edit]

Never fearing innovation, despite the cultural isolation of his country, Arapi has been a pioneer of free verse and experimental poetry in 1960s Albanian literature. Born on the seaside, the maritime universe has always inspired his verses, as has Albania's troubled history.[1] He has also written meditative poetry, love poems and elegies, with the eternal questions on life and death as a recurrent theme.

Translation work[edit]

He translated into Albanian the works of poets such as Sapho, Pablo Neruda and Nikola Vaptsarov. He was the editor-in-chief of two anthologies: Songs of the Peoples and Anthology of Turkish Verse.

Selected works[edit]

Poetry[edit]

  • Shtigjet poetike (Poetic Paths) 1962
  • Poema dhe vjersha (Poems and Verses) 1966
  • Ritme të hekura (Rhythms of Iron) 1968
  • Më jepni një emër (Give Me A Name), 1972 (later banned by Enver Hoxha's regime)
  • Gloria victis,1997
  • Eklipsi i endrrës (Solar Eclipse) 2002

Short stories[edit]

  • Patate e egra (Sour Potatoes)1970
  • Dikush më buzëqeshte (Someone Smiled At Me) 1972
  • Gjeniu pa kokë (Headless Genius) 1999

Plays[edit]

  • Partizani pa emër (The Anonymous Partisan) 1962
  • Qezari dhe ushtari i mirë Shvejk (Caesar and the Good Soldier Švejk) 1995

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fatos ARAPI albanianliterature.net