Teki Dervishi

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Teki Dervishi
Born(1943-01-16)16 January 1943
Gjakova, disputed between Italy and Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Died29 June 2011(2011-06-29) (aged 68)
Pristina, Kosovo[a]
OccupationPoet, author, playwright
Alma materUniversity of Pristina

Teki Dervishi (16 January 1943 — 29 June 2011) was an Albanian poet, novelist, journalist and playwright.

Early life and career[edit]

Dervishi was born in Gjakova, in the region disputed between Yugoslavia and Axis-occupied Albania, now part of Kosovo[a].

After completing his primary education, he was imprisoned for several years at Goli otok, at the age of 17. Dervishi was one of the youngest Albanian prisoners at Goli otok.[1] Dervishi finished secondary school in Peja and studied at the University of Pristina.[2]

Besides Dervishi's literary activities, he also worked as a journalist. He worked for the Albanian-language newspaper Flaka e vëllazërimit (The Flame of Fraternity) in Skopje,[2] and was later director and among the founders of the Albanian newspaper Bota sot.[1]

Dervishi also worked as the director of the National Theatre of Kosovo in the 2000s.[3]

Later life[edit]

On 29 March 1999, at the outbreak of the NATO intervention in the Kosovo War, Dervishi was reported to have been assissinated. In July of that year, it was confirmed that he was alive. [4]

Literary works[edit]


  • Pirgu i Lartë (The High Tower), 1972
  • Padrona, 1973
  • Skedarët (The Catalogues), 1974
  • Herezia e Dervish Mallutës (The Heresy of Dervish Malluta), 1981
  • Palimpsest për Dush Kusarin (Palimpsest For Dush Kusari), 1993


  • Nimfa (The Nymph), 1970
  • Shtëpia e Sëmurë (The Sick House), 1978
  • Thashë (I Said), 1981

Theatre plays:

  • Pranvera e Librave (The Springtime of Books), 1990
  • Zhvarrimi i Pjetër Bogdanit (The Exhumation of Pjetër Bogdani), 1990
  • Kufiri me atdhe (The Border with the Fatherland), 1996
  • Vojceku (Wozzeck), 1996

Notes and references[edit]


a.   ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008. Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo is currently recognized as an independent state by 98 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 113 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 15 later withdrew their recognition.


  • "Gone But not Forgotten" (PDF). (80.9 KiB) by Robert Elsie, The Guardian, Saturday Review, April 3, 1999, page 3.