Countries and Their Cultures [Vol.1 - Afghanistan - Czech by Melvin Ember; Carol R Ember

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Albania: From Anarchy to a Balkan Identity, 1996. Vickers, Miranda. Albania: A Modern History, 1994. Zymberi, Isa. Colloquial Albanian, 1991. —. Between Serbs and Albanians: a History of Kosovo, 1998. —ROBERT ELSIE 22 ALGERIA CULTURE N AME and goats graze. Beyond the plateau are the Saharan Atlas Mountains, which form the boundary of the Algerian Sahara desert. Despite efforts by the government to contain the desert by planting rows of pine trees, it continues to expand northward. The vast expanse contains not only sand dunes and typical desert life such as snakes, lizards, and foxes, but also oases, which grow date and citrus trees.

Albanian-English Dictionary, 1998. Pettifer, James. , 1996. Pipa, Arshi. The Politics of Language in Socialist Albania, 1989. With Albania’s integration into the Soviet bloc during the 1950s, Soviet literary models were introduced and slavishly imitated. Writers were encouraged to concentrate their creative energies on specific themes, such as the partisan struggle of the —. Albanian Stalinism: Ideo-Political Aspects, 1990. —. Contemporary Albanian Literature, 1991. — and Sami Repishti, eds. Studies on Kosova, 1984.

National liberation war’’ and the building of socialism. Despite the constraints of socialist realism and Stalinist dictatorship, Albanian literature made much progress in the 1970s and 1980s. One of the best examples of creativity and originality in Albanian letters then and now is Ismail Kadare (b. 1936), the only Albanian writer with a broad international reputation. Kadare’s talents both as a poet and as a prose writer have lost none of their innovative force over the last three decades. His influence is still felt among the young postcommunist writers of the 1990s, the first generation to be able to express itself freely.

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