Lasgush Poradeci

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Lasgush Poradeci
Poradeci during the 1930s
Poradeci during the 1930s
BornLlazar Sotir Gusho
(1898-12-27)December 27, 1898
Pogradec, Albania)
DiedNovember 12, 1987(1987-11-12) (aged 87)age 89 years old
Tirana, Albania
Resting placePogradec, Albania
EducationRomano-German Philology
Alma materUniversity of Graz


Llazar Sotir Gusho (27 December 1898 – 12 November 1987) was an Albanian poet and writer known by the pseudonym Lasgush Poradeci.[a]


After Poradeci finished elementary school at Pogradec in 1908, he studied at a language school in Monastir, Ottoman Empire. At the beginning of World War I he returned to Pogradec, after which his father sent him to study at the Lycée Léonin in Athens. At the end of 1921 he enrolled at the Şcoala Naţională de Arte Frumoase, Bucharest, where he took paid work to subsidize his studies, and in 1922 joined Bucharest's association for the Albanian diaspora, the Albanian colony; later being elected its secretary. In the summer of 1924 the Romanian government awarded him a scholarship to attend the Faculty of Romano-German Philology of the University of Graz in Austria; he finished a doctorate there in 1933. He returned to Albania the following year to teach art at a secondary school in Tirana, this until 1944 when he became unemployed. In 1947 he briefly taught at Tirana's Institute of Science, then translated for the Naim Frashëri state-owned publishing house, retiring in 1974. Poradeci died in poverty in 1987.[1]

Statue dedicated to Lasgush Poradeci in his hometown Pogradec


In 1933, Poradeci published the collection of verse, "Vallja e yjeve" ("The dance of the stars"), and in 1937, "Ylli i Zemrës" (The star of the heart).[1] During the same period, he contributed verses to the Albanian weekly newspaper Shqipëri' e re (New Albania). Other Poradeci works include "The theological excursion of Socrates", "About to", "Kamadeva", "Ballads of Muharrem" and "Reshit Collaku". The entire work that Lasgush Poradeci made was all about Pogradec, his birthplace.

Poradeci's complete works were published in 1989.


  1. ^ Las-Gush from his name and surname, and Poradeci form his birthplace Pogradeci, which the author referred to as Poradec.


  1. ^ a b "Albanian Literature in Translation" Archived 5 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine Lasgush Poradeci biography by Robert Elsie. Retrieved 1 April 2011