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They Were Seeking Happiness by Viktor…

They Were Seeking Happiness

by Viktor Canosinaj

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An M.A. thesis done for Florida Atlantic University by Edna Lubonja, and available online. Lubonja's statement reads: "Viktor Canosinaj's novel They Were Seeking Happiness narrates Albania's period of transition from communism to democracy from the perspective of four children who emigrate to Italy for a better life. Italy for Albanians has been the "Promised Land". My choice of this particular text was dictated by a need to make this author, his work, and an important page in Albanian history available to English readers. First, They Were Seeking Happiness will serve as an introduction to Albania, a country that opened its doors to the world twenty years ago and is still trying to establish itself as a nation inside the larger framework of the united Europe; second, this translation will complement the recent scholarship in the Western world that has displayed an interest in Albania and its literature; and third, this study wished to give voice to an author, VIktor Canosinaj, whose writings have become examples of Albania's period of transition from communism to democracy.

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