Luljeta Lleshanaku 




Luljeta Lleshanaku 

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* 02.04.1968, Elbasan, Albanija
živi v: Tirana, Albanija

The poet Luljeta Lleshanaku (*1968 Elbasan, Albania) grew up under house arrest in the Socialist People's Republic of Albania because her uncle was accused of planning an assassination attempt on the dictatorial ruler Enver Hoxha. Until the beginning of the 1990s, she was therefore not allowed to attend university or publish her poetry. After the fall of the communist regime, she studied Albanian language and literature at the University of Tirana and Creative Writing at Warren Wilson College in the USA.

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Since 1993 Luljeta Lleshanaku has published seven books of poetry and is now regarded as one of Albanian poetry’s major voices. Prizes she has won for her poetry include the 2009 Kristal Vilenica Prize, and she has been a guest of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Lleshanaku has worked as a teacher, an editor and as a writer for film and television and is the Director of the Institute for the Reappraisal of Communist Genocide in Albania. She translated from the American and works for the Rlindja newspaper.

  • Këmbanat e së dielës

    Tirana: Lidhja e Shkrimtarëve, 1994

  • Antipastorale

    Tirana: Eurorilindja, 1999

  • Palca e verdhë

    Prishtina: Gjon Buzuku, 2000

  • Fresco

    Selected Poetry

    New Directions, 2002

  • Fëmijet e natyrës

    Tirana: ombra GVG, 2006

  • Child of Nature

    New Directions, 2010

  • Kinder der Natur

    Übersetzung: Andrea Grill


  • Haywire: New & Selected Poems

    Bloodaxe Books, 2011

  • Pothuajse dje


  • Homo Antarcticus


  • Hapësirë Negative


  • Die Stadt der Äpfel


    übersetzt aus dem Albanischen von Andrea Grill

    München: Edition Lyrik Kabinett bei Hanser, 2021