A powerful exploration of Albania's intense totalitarian past.
In Child of Nature, Lleshanaku explores her country’s past in powerful lyrics. Here she turns to the fallout of her country’s past and its relation to herself and her family, and explores how these histories intertwine and influence her childhood memories and the retelling of her family’s stories. Sorrow, death, imprisonment, and desire are some of the themes that echo deeply in Lleshanaku’s beautiful poems, poems that Peter Constantine has called 'contemporary classics of world literature.' Of her work, Albanian novelist Ridvan Dibra writes, 'When you close her book, the images don’t leave you. They cleave you open like a leopard’s paw, and enter into you. Once inside they create their own life, a second life, vastly different from the original.'
“We feel blessed that Ms. Lleshanaku has invited us to 'the takeoffs and landings/on the runway of her soul'.”
— New York Times
“Lleshanaku does not dwell on the harsh past and the brutal climate she knew as a child. Rather, she celebrates the variety of new experience, filling her verse with powerful imagery and stark, surprising visions.”
— Multicultural Review
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