Livia Durdia was born in Berat to a Beratase father and a Fierake mother. A wholehearted Jugore, she considers both cities home. As she approaches the first trip back to the homeland in a couple of years, Ismail Kadare’s lines from Longing for Albania: “ I was filled with longing/ For the Albanians.” ring out especially true. When she is not scowling at anyone who makes idiotic comments about the Balkans, listening to Sotiria Bellou's haunting, brilliant music, or dreaming about Mt. Tomorri, she is most likely obsessively reading or writing. She studies at the New School in NYC, and is always comparing and critically thinking about her home(s) but also, as a Shqiptare-Amerikane, the idea of home itself.
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