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Luan STAROVA, 2001 (Photo: Robert Elsie).

Luan STAROVA, 2001
(Photo: Robert Elsie).




Luan Starova is an Albanian writer from the Republic of Macedonia who serves as an interface between Albanian and Macedonian cultures and literatures. He was born in Pogradec in Albania on 14 August 1941 and studied at the universities of Skopje and Zagreb, where he finished a doctorate in French and comparative literature. He subsequently worked as a professor of French literature at the University of Skopje and, in the 1990s, served as the first ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia in Paris. He is the author of novels, poetry and essays, as well as of translations of French writers into Macedonian. Starova, who is a member of the Macedonian Academy of Arts and Sciences, writes and publishes both in his native Albanian and in Macedonian. cf.

Among Luan Starova's major novels are Tatkovite knigi (My Father's Books), Skopje 1992, published in Albanian as Librat e babait, Skopje 1995; Koha e dhive (The Age of the Goat), 1993, published in Macedonian as Vremeto na kozite, Skopje 1993; and Ateisticki muzej (The Museum of Atheism), Skopje 1997. His works have also appeared in French, German, Italian, Turkish, Romanian, Croatian, Bulgarian and Greek.