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The Highland Lute Hardcover – Mar 3 2006

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris; 1 edition (March 3 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845111184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845111182
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 4.5 x 28.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 939 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,404,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Gjergj Fishta (1871-1940) was lauded up until the Second World War as the ""national poet of Albania"" and as the ""Albanian Homer."" Robert Elsie is a leading specialist in Albanian affairs and is author of numerous books, including Albanian Literature: A Short History (I.B.Tauris and the Centre for Albanian Studies).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful book! Anyone interested in folklore or Albania in general should consider this a must buy Jan. 14 2008
By Nevila Pahumi - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I've had the pleasure to read this book in the Albanian original as a child in grade school. Over the years my appreciation for the beauty of the language with which it is written has grown immensely. It is nothing less than a treasure, and I hope that many English readers will find it as enjoyable and enriching as I have. There are not many excellent Albanian translations out there, but this is definitely great. Without a doubt, Robert Elsie has done a wonderful job translating this challenging piece of Albanian literature. For that alone, he deserves a lot of praise.

If any of you readers are interested in folklore or Albania in general, I recommend this most enthusiastically. It is an immersion into a culture little understood and little known even beyond the frontiers of South-East Europe. A culture and tradition nurtured in the face of a constant struggle for survival...And for those more academically inclined, this book is a taste of Balkan nationalism- as heroic as it is tragic. I hope many more will enjoy it...It is a definite must have!