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Faith and Fairies: Tales Based on Albanian…

Faith and Fairies: Tales Based on Albanian Legends and Ballads

by Mustafa Tukaj

Other authors: Joanne M. Ayers (Editor)

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With the exception of a few early literary works, written literature in Albania only began to develop towards the end of the 19century. Before that time, Albanians mainly had rich folk epics with motifs from the Balkans. Usually, these epic poems were recited by blind bards who played the one-string Lahuta, a kind of knee-violin, to accompany their recitative. Mustafa Tukaj has now gathered a selection of these epics about topics such as »besa« (word of honour; faith), sacrifice, fight, or metamorphosis, and retold them in a convincing prose form, which still enables readers to feel the style of the original texts.
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