Social Phenomena in Migjeni’s Novels

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Dr. Rovena (Vata) Mikeli


Migjeni belongs to those Albanian writers, who experienced at his expense, the social phenomena of the time, which he literalized in his literary work, and where the academic Shaban Sinani rightly describes Migjeni as the writer of a new literary phenomenon, as the writer of civic literature (Sinani, 2019). As the scholar Moikom Zeqo wrote that art needs transformations of feelings, nerves, Migjeni acted in the same way (Zeqo, 2011).

So, basically, we can say that Migjeni wrote the history of human life. Not only the critics, but every ordinary reader remembers the characters built by the Migjenian pen, as much as the feeling towards these characters who experience under their skin the social phenomena, that touch in the depths of the soul. The social phenomena in his novels, such as: pain, selling the body to save the sick child, or the search for lost identity, intertwines his work end to end. The characters of Migjeni’s novels are covered by the failures and disappointments of everyday life, they fight with themselves and with each other from beginning to end, where in many cases we see them with no way out. Even critics of Migjen’s work are of the opinion that it is the time that gave birth to him. He is the offspring of the demands of the time, of a series of factors and objective demands, which found their subjective reflection in Migjeni’s literary work. (Gurakuqi, 1977) Suffice to recall some of the titles of his novels, such as: “The beauty that kills”, “The legend of corn”, “Idols without heads”, “May God give you”, “Cherries”, “Do you want coal, sir?”, “Little Luli”, “Cubi’s kiss”, “The student at home”, “Let the gates open”, “The story of one of them”, “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread”, etc.

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