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Beqë Cufaj

Date of birth: 3 December 1970

Place of birth: Gramaqel, Kosovë

 

EDUCATION AND UNIVERSITY:

1977 - 1985:Primary school "Bratstvo", Deçan, Kosovo

1985 - 1989:Gymnasium, "Vëllezërit Frashëri", Deçan, Kosovo

1990 - 1994:Albanian Language and Literature, University of Prishtina, Diploma

1995-1997: Additional Studies on Comparative Literature, Universität Stuttgart, Germany

 

Publications (selection):

Articles, Essays, Reportage, Columns:

  • Weekly magazines "Koha", "Zëri", "Fjala", Prishtina, Kosovo (1993-1996)
  • Correspondent from Bonn of the Albanian language daily newspaper "Koha Ditore" (Official accreditation within the Federal Press Office of the German Government - "Bundespresseamt" (1997-2007) Columnist in "Zëri" newspaper: (2008-2012)
  • Editor in the editorial office in albanian language with "Deutsche Welle" (1999-2000)
  • Permanent collaborator of the German daily "Franfkurter Allgemeine Zeitung" (publications: essays, reportage, reviews – Western balkans, Hague- Netherlands, Germany, 1999-still continues)
  • Collaborator in special projects in the Swiss daily "Neue Zürcher Zeitung" (2010- still continues)
  • Co-founder and co-owner of the portal in Albanian language: gazetablic.com (2013- still continues) Columnist in German language for "Deutsche Welle" in "Mein Europa" project (2016- still continues)

Essays, political and cultural columns in newspapers, magazines and anthologies in various European languages: "Die Welt" (Germany), "DIE ZEIT" (Germany), "Süddeutsche Zeitung", "Standard" (Austria), "Curier International" (France), "Eurozine" (Network of European Cultural Magazines), "Kulturreport" (Network of the European Union National Institutes for Culture) etc.

 

Books published in Albanian language:

  • "Balads", Poetry, Rilindja 1994
  • "205", Stories, Dukagjini, 1996
  • "Foreign Splendor", Novel, Dukagjini
  • "projekt@party", Novel, (first edition Zëri 2012), second edition PA, (2013) "Laboratory of Freedom – from the Diary 1999-2009", Essays, Pa 2013,

 

Books published in German language:

  • "Kosova. Rückkehr in ein verwüstetes Land" , Essays, Zsolnay Verlag 2000
  • "Der Glanz der Fremde", Roman, Zsolnay Verlag 2005
  • "Projekt@party", Roman, Secession Verlag, 2012
  • "Last Exit Degerloch", Drama, staging at Theatre Laboratorium and Theaterstadt Stuttgart

 

Books translated and published in other languages:

  • "Sjaj Tudine", Novel, VBZ (Croatian), Zagreb/Belgrade/Sarajeva, 2014
  • "projekt@party", Novel (Croatian), VBZ Zagreb, 2017

 

Awards, Gratitude:

  • Supporting prize "Bruno Kreisky" for the book "Kosova. Rückkehr in ein verwüstetes Land", Vienna, 2001
  • Prize: Novel of year 2005, "Foreign splendor", Kosovo Writers’ Association
  • Prize: Best book of the year, "projekt@party", "Wirtschaftsklub" Literaturhaus Stuttgart (2012)
  • Annual solemn speech in Stuttgart Degerloch- "Bürgerhaus", for the contribution given in recognition of the district of Stuttgart Degerloch through the novel projekt@party, 2013

 

Media visual- Radio, Television:

  • Interviews in capacity of expert for the Balkans political events: "ARD", "ZDF", "Deutsche Welle", ""Deutschlandradio", "Phoenix", "SWR", "WDR", "BR", "Deutschlandfunk", "BBC", "ORF", "SRF", RTK", "Koha Vizion"

 

Other engagements:  

  • Collaborator of the Federal Office for Migration in Germany ("BAMF"), translation in admission, interviews: Albanian- German, English – German, Serbian-German. (2015-2017)

 

Languages: speaking, writing, reading:

  • English: speaking, reading, writing
  • Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian: speaking, writing, reading German
  • German: speaking, reading, writing
  • Albanian: mother tongue

 

Status:

  • Married, father of two daughters

 

From 1st of June 2018, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo to the Federal Republic of Germany.