Fatos Lubonja

Fatos Lubonja

Fatos Lubonja is a writer and editor of the quarterly journal Përpjekja (Endeavor), representative of the Forum for Democracy, and a leading figure in Albania's political life. At twenty-three, Lubonja was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for ‘agitation and propaganda’ after police found his diaries, which contained criticisms of the dictator, Hoxha. He was re-sentenced without trial and spent a total of 17 years in prison, much of it in solitary confinement, and was released in 1991. Lubonja's first book in English, Second Sentence: Inside the Albanian Gulag, was published to great acclaim by I. B. Tauris in 2006. He is also the author of a number of books which have been translated into Italian, German, English and Polish. Among his many literary prizes, he received the Alberto Moravia Prize for International Literature in 2002 and the Herder Prize for Literature in 2004. His first title with Istros - False Apocalypse - includes a foreword by the Guardian/Huffington Post journalist and author, Andrew Gumbel.