|About the Book|
Lasgush Poradeci is a 20th-century Albanian poet and writer. After finished elementary school at Pogradec in 1908, he studied at a language school in Monastir, Ottoman Empire. At the beginning of WWI 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 Bucharests 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 Tiranas Institute of Science, then translated for the Naim Frashëri state-owned publishing house, retiring in 1974. Poradeci died in poverty in 1987. In 1933, Poradeci published the collection of verse, Vallja e yjve (The dance of the stars), and in 1937, Ylli i zemrës (The star of the heart). 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.Poradecis complete works were published in 1989.