Bamir Topi has presented this afternoon, his new book entitled “The Lost Battles of Tirana”.
The event was attended by artists, politicians, as well as historians, the former president said he had involved the issue of property theft in 1990, about which he says he spoke by name.
According to him, in this work he has included the truths from his point of view as a former head of state.
“In 1990, when everyone was looking forward to the return of the stolen loot, for the property, that property was then re-stolen in the most sophisticated way. Right here, I’m obliged to talk about something that happened here. However I want to leave this part to the curiosity of the reader. I spoke with names and surnames. I spoke the truth. This story resembles the story of an cameraman taking the camera and filming. I tell my truths in this book. The first thing I read when telling the truth be well prepared. Because, liars will be well prepared to oppose. I had this well, every day I wrote.
I started from being a patriot and a man of peace, a man who will build bridges of communication. A man who means the truth. There are many truths here. You will see interesting things that my eyes have seen. Man remembers a lot, characters, personalities. It was a great fortune to see Vaçe Zela as soon as you came out, because I had a neighbor. It was here. Surrounded by institutions, you no longer see these people. This is not the work of a single individual. Here everyone points for better or for worse.
I will tell you a moment related to 1989. This adds another dimension to what I have been trying to present. In anticipation of the doctoral date at the University of Turin, a student comes with a tray in her hand and asks me, can we have lunch together. I definitely told him. Where is your fiancée told me. I went to the canteen with my colleague. He is back for vacation in Albania I told him. Where are you from? Albanians. He got up immediately. Told me you are extraterrestrial. “She told me that she lived in a country in Italy, it is the first time I have seen an Albanian” – said Topi.
Meanwhile, the historian Neritan Ceka, during his speech, said that in this book Bamiri wanted to show the Tirana of others and not only his Tirana.
“We all remember that Tirana has had a long revolution. The book that fills you with emotion. It is a story of trying to turn Tirana into a hierarchy of values, it seems that the battles are lost, but inside there are also some battles won. I think that where Vace Zela is mentioned, the athletes we remember, we have the values created by Ismail Kadare and the very birth of dissidence where we say that Tirana did not exist, I tell you to read Bamir Topi’s book. The fact is that dissidence has always been with the youth… Something could not be taken from us and those are the memories… “, said Ceka.