Dr. Robert Elsie, starb als „Albanologe“ in Berlin

 

 

Robert Elsie, the scholar specialized on Albanian literature, dies at the age of 67

Robert Elsie, the scholar specialized on Albanian literature, dies at the age of 67

Albania has lost one of the people who dedicated his life to the study of its history. He is Robert Elsie, the scholar who was specialized in the study of Albanian literature and folklore. Elsie died at the age of 67.Born in Vancouver, Canada, during the travels that he did at the end of the ‘70s and at the beginning of ‘80s’ in the Balkans, a special interest was aroused in him for Albania and its culture.

After he learned Albanian, Robert Elsie decided to study Albanian literature and folklore.

Now, he is known as author of around 60 books and a large number of articles on Albanian studies.

From 2002, he has mainly worked for the Tribunal of Hague, where among others, he has been an interpreter during the trial against Slobodan Milosevic.

Among others, Elsie is member of the Association of Southeast Europe, non-resident member of the Academy of Science and Art of Kosovo and honored member of the Association of Writers of Kosovo. /balkaneu.com/

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Robert Elsie: If I would live in Albania, it would be crazy. It is the same as in Ottoman times

Robert Elsie: If I would live in Albania, it would be crazy. It is the same as in Ottoman times
After known albanolog Milan Shufla, Robert Elsie is the best conteproranean albanian albanolog in the World During his intereweu on „Top Channely TV, Robert Elsie, on his first interview on TV. expresed his story about Albanian and Albanian state in 100 years. An interesting tale scholar known for his work difficulties in view of the Albanian language. Elsie, who knows Albanians for years, amounts to a chilling conclusion. He says he will not ever live in Albania, as it will go mad. „I can not live here. It’s a little wild for me, the relationships between people are a bit wild. I know that is just a facade that inside have good spirit, but have a rabies in human relations. You know how to protect yourself here, and here I am like a rabbit, he can not defend myself. I come here with pleasure, but do not believe they can afford to come and live here forever. There is much frustration of everyday life. Life is too short and I do not have time to bump into obstacles, only to achieve something, when in another country and get away and then live my life, „said Elsie to Albanian. And while Enver Hoxha’s Albania as compared with that of Sali Berisha, adds: „There is something that depends only on the party, it’s more the attitude of the people. So to get something going, you have to know someone in the Ministry, to drink coffee with, then drink coffee again next week with even a third time, and then he connects with the person that you are interested . That is the same as in Ottoman times, not like a normal country. „.

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