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Rifat Kukaj

Rifat Kukaj

Rifat Kukaj (25 October, 1938September 11, 2005) was a Kosovar Albanian and the most successful writer in Albanian literature for children. He was born in the Drenica region of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, now Kosovo. He was educated in Drenica and Priština. He worked for three years in Drenica as a teacher before moving to work in Radio Prishtina as an editor for culture, more specifically the editor of programmes for children. Since 1975 he worked in the editorial staff of the Publishing House "Rilindja" as editor for children literature. He died at he age of 67 on 11 Septermber, 2005, in Ulcinj, Serbia and Montenegro.

Rifat Kukaj has published over forty books. His best novels are "Bardhi e Mirushja", "Rrasa e zogut", "Shkrepi i diellit", "Lepuri me pesë këmbë", "Vjollca magjike", "Zogu i bardhë", "Kokërrmeli e pilivesa", "Gjeli në kuvertë", "Xhuxhi nga xhuxhishta".

Rifat Kukaj is best known for his poems for children. He has published the following volumes of poems for children: "Gjerdani i blertë", "Lejlekët në luhaja", "Vallja e kallinjve", "Deti u bëftë kos", "Çka fshin dhelpra me bisht", "Pshurrani i gjyshit", "Shtegu i laureshave", "Trimëritë e karkalecit", "Zogu i Lasgushit".

He has also published many volumes of stories, among others: "Harmonika", "Përqafimet e njoma", "Rrëfenjëza", "Ujku me kamerë", "Djaloshi i zjarreve", "Elefanti që fluturonte".

Amongst his best volumes of poetry of the grown ups are: "Nusja", "Qafa e Ujkonjës", "Njeriu që nuk mund të vdiste".

Rifat Kukaj has written over thirty works dramatised as radiodrama, drama, theatrical acts and so on. He wrote the script for the following films:

  • Lepuri me pesë këmbë (1982)
  • Qesh e ngjesh (1982) (TV)
  • 2 plus (1981) (mini) TV Series
  • Gëzuar viti i ri (1976) (TV)
  • Bujku (1973) (TV)

Rifak Kukaj has also translated a number of books from Slovenian, Serbian and Croatian to Albanian.

He was the winner of a great number of awards and prizes for literature, among which:

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