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Bardhyl LONDO, 1991 (Photo: Robert Elsie).

Bardhyl LONDO, 1991
(Photo: Robert Elsie).


Bardhyl LONDO


Bardhyl Londo (b. 1948) from Lipa near Përmet built up a reputation as a leading Albanian poet in the eighties. He studied language and literature at the University of Tirana, taught school for some years in his native district of Përmet and later worked for the literary journal ‘Drita.’ He also served as president of the Albanian Union of Writers and Artists until February 1998. He is the author of eight poetry collections from 1975 to 1996. Londo's lyrics depart from the concrete: details and moments of existence which he has experienced, lived through intensely, and transformed into verse in a controlled, erudite manner. His poetry, which is written in standard meters and is mostly rhymed, melodiously echoes the rich traditions of Tosk verse. In 1989, he was awarded the Migjeni prize.