Culture

Albania and Serbia sign a cooperation agreement in the field of literature

The National Book and Reading Center of Albania and the Association of Writers of Serbia

The National Book and Reading Center of Albania and the Writers' Association of Serbia have signed a cooperation agreement on Friday, which, as this institution has announced, focuses on "the exchange of data in the field of literature and culture, the translation and publication of works." literature in both languages, the celebration of important anniversaries in the history of literature of both countries".  

The agreement was signed by the president of the Association of Writers of Serbia, Milosh Jankovic, and the director of the NKLL, Alda Bardhyli.

"The National Book and Reading Center and the Writers' Association of Serbia will promote the translation and publication of literary works in both languages," reads the communiqué distributed by the Embassy of Albania in Belgrade. It is written there that "both parties will mediate to connect with publishing houses, literary and professional magazines and other expert organizations from the field of literature and culture". In the agreement, it is written that the parties also undertake to work actively "for the extension of cultural cooperation in all fields, projects, exhibitions and visits of possible delegations and others".  

The president of the Writers' Association of Serbia also had a gift for the National Book and Reading Center: a bilingual Albanian-Serbian dictionary compiled in 1935 by Luk Lukaj, "an Albanian personality, who was connected to Serbia by his love for a woman". 

"The dictionary contains old Albanian words that date from 1935, where Albanian words such as: பரரிக்கை, baltovica, çperthye, çpesh, gumsoj, and others are distinguished", the announcement reads. 

According to the Agreement signed by the president of the Association of Writers of Serbia, Milosh Jankovic and the director of the National Book and Reading Center, Alda Bardhyli, the parties, among other things, agree to promote the translation and publication of literary works in both languages

The Writers' Association of Serbia has not yet announced this agreement signed in Albania. The institution, founded in 1905, has often been noted for its propaganda against Kosovo and the Albanians. 

"He played the role of spokesperson for destructive propaganda after the demonstrations in Kosovo in 1981, onwards. Under the influence of the Serbian 'father of the nation', Dobrica Qosiqi, that Association, as well as the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Serbia, in cooperation with the Serbian Orthodox Church, in coordination with various ultra-nationalist parties and groups, misusing myths and national history Serbs, stigmatized Albanians, Croats and Muslims as sworn enemies of the Serbian nation, justified violence, war and crimes against the 'enemy'", publicist Adil Fetahu wrote in a long article analyzing the role of this institution.