Author: Toplica

New York Times book review: Ismail Kadare grapples with the supernatural

Ismail Kadare’s readers are astonished every year when the Nobel committee overlooks him. Albania’s first major author is already winner of the inaugural Man Booker International Prize, the Jerusalem Prize and other honors — the Swedish prize seems long overdue for the 82-year-old maestro. “A Girl in Exile,” published in Albanian in 2009, may rekindle the worldwide hopes. Kadare’s lifelong theme and the context for much of his work is the four-decade dictatorship of Enver Hoxha, whose grotesque, paranoid, Stalinist regime slaughtered thousands. However, “A Girl in Exile” — set in the 1980s against a backdrop of interrogation, exile...

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Despite brief Leeds Force revival led by Kosovan international Gazmend Sinani, they suffered a resounding loss last night

Leeds Force crashed to a 17th consecutive BBL defeat last night, suffering a resounding 114-73 loss against title-chasing Newcastle Eagles. A brief Leeds revival led by Kosovan international Gazmend Sinani and Adrian Kuyinu allowed Force to establish a foothold, chipping away at Newcastle’s advantage before a pair of momentum-shattering triples saw the Eagles fend off the away side’s late-quarter rally. Source:...

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How Dua Lipa went from an adolescence in Kosovo to a billion-stream hit

After winning two Brit Awards she has reason to feel confident: A 22-year-old British-Albanian pop singer from London, Lipa was the most-streamed female musician in the U.K. last year; fans include Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Bruno Mars; and her biggest single, “New Rules,” has more than a billion YouTube views. Lipa says that, growing up, she learned firsthand what work means. Born in London, she comes from a family of Albanians from Kosovo who left their homeland when it became engulfed in conflict. Her parents were immigrant strivers who “worked in, like, restaurants and bars and little coffee shops,”...

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BBC: Brits 2018, the real winners and losers

Dua Lipa and Stormzy both took home two trophies at the Brits, but there’s always more to the show than the awards. Ed Sheeran  might have sold 12.8 million albums last year, but he was shut out of the Brits. His only prize was the global success award, which recognises commercial success, while best male, best album, best single and best video all went to other artists. Dua’s baby pink tiered Giambattista Valli gown was an extravaganza of ruffles – but she wasn’t being precious about it. “There’s a lot of it, so if it gets damaged I can pick up...

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Rita Ora and Dua Lipa about Kosova 10th independence anniversary

My hometown KOSOVO! I am coming home!!! Here is my message to you! I can’t wait to come and do a free concert for you all in Prishtina in the mother Teresa square! Right in the heart of the city!! To celebrate our 10th year Anniversary of independence! I am so proud to be born in Prishtina and be able to come and perform as your Ambassador and friend!! Let’s do this!! See you all on Saturday!! 💃⭐️💫✨⭐️⚡️🙏🏼 A post shared by RITA ORA (@ritaora) on Feb 15, 2018 at 12:47pm PST Happy 10th birthday Kosova! I hope we...

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