Visar Dodani

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Visar Dodani

Visar Dodani (1857-1939) was an Albanian journalist and activist of the Albanian National Awakening.


Visar Dodani was born in Korçë, southern Albania (back then Ottoman Empire) in 1857.[1] In 1880 he moved to Bucharest, Romania, where he joined the Albanian association Drita (English: Light), major organization of the Albanian National Awakening. In Romania, Dodani frequently wrote articles in Romanian newspapers regarding Albanian-related issues.[1] In 1896 the Romanian government offered him Romanian citizenship. Visar Dodani was also a founding member of the nationalist organization Lidhja Shqiptare Ortodokse.[2]

In 1898 he published the Mjalt' e mbletësë a farë-faresh, viersha, të-thëna, njera-tiatra, dhe fytyra Shqipëtarësh me jetën e tyre, a folkloric collection of 247 pages, printed in the printing house of the Albanian Colony of Bucharest.[3] On 8 February 1903, Dodani published in Bucharest Trigelhim a Serb' e Zuzarevet ("The villains' ringing in Serbian), a collection of satiric poetry, dedicated to those who didn't want the testament of V.Tarpo (an Albanian expatriate) to come public.[4] In 1910 he translated and adapted the Il trovatore of Salvadore Cammarano in 5 acts.[5] His name appears as V.A.D., Vissarion A. Dodani, or Viskë A. Dodani as well.
In 1915, Dodani settled in Geneva, Switzerland. He got involved with the Albanian diplomatic efforts there, serving as secretary of the local Albanian National Committee (Alb: Komiteti Kombëtar Shqiptar) led by Turhan Pasha and later by George Adamidi. In Autumn 1919, Dodani moved back to Romania.[6] He died in Bucharest.

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  1. ^ a b Albanien: vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart p.151
  2. ^ Revista romanǎ de sociologie p.528
  3. ^ Lumo Skendo (1927-01-01). "Aktiviteti i Shqiptarevet ne Rumani" (PDF). Diturija (3): 96. OCLC 699822534. 
  4. ^ Lumo Skendo (1927-02-01). "Aktiviteti i Shqiptarevet ne Rumani" (PDF). Diturija (4): 143. OCLC 699822534. 
  5. ^ Lumo Skendo (1927-02-01). "Aktiviteti i Shqiptarevet ne Rumani" (PDF). Diturija (4): 144. OCLC 699822534. 
  6. ^ Brahim Avdyli (2011-05-12), Bazat e mërgatës shqiptare në Zvicër [The basis of the Albanian emigre in Switzerland] (in Albanian), AlbaniaPress