The political city in the prose of Faik Konica Cover Image

Qyteti politik në prozën e Faik Konicës
The political city in the prose of Faik Konica

Author(s): Loreta Loli
Subject(s): Studies of Literature, Albanian Literature
Published by: Univeristeti i Prishtinës, Fakulteti i Filologjisë
Keywords: city;political city; sensibility; civilization; culture; the mechanisms of the government; officials; intellectual Diaspora's character;

Summary/Abstract: The city, understood as a way of life, sensibility, spirit, mindset, reflection on rights and obligations of relationships, for representations and models, to reach the culture of civilization became the center of Albanian literature with Koliqi and Migjeni, while the first steps are seen in Konica’s work. Many innovations in form and spirit in Albanian letters and generally in Albanian culture came from Faik Konica. This fact is a beautiful coincidence, seen from the perspective of the reader and the researcher, while from the point of view of the author it is expected, because such qualitative contributions are in line with Konica's distinctive western and patriotic vision and activity.The traditional Albanian literature up to the that period was centered on the romantic hymns of the national ideal, where the beautiful Albanian nature, the virtues and values of our people, proudly inherited from generation to generation, could not see the "modern city" as their normal habitat to develop and generate patriotism; on the contrary, romantic and sentimental style required unlimited spaces, elevations of proud Albanian mountains, the width of the fields to appeal with affection the land of the Albanians or to proudly evoke distinguished national hero, Gjergj Kastriot – Skenderbeg.The prose that Konica wrote in the beginning of 20th century brings the town into literature in its definition, centralized and limited "settlement", which has an administration and a supply structure, so, brings it as a central place. But, in particular, he brings us the political dimension of the city, with the mechanisms of government, the figure of the officials and the highest executive hierarchies, their mentality and affiliation as part of the oriental inheritance. The deeply overlooked mentality that appears and collides with our eyes through irony, satire, and humor from the literary character or Konica as narrator, will be the focus of our work. We will keep in mind during the analysis a fact well known but less pronounced, that of literary character as the intellectual from the Albanian Diaspora.

  • Issue Year: 2/2018
  • Issue No: 37
  • Page Range: 391 - 404
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Albanian