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Membership in MASA:
Full member, 2003
Faculty of Philology „Blazhe Koneski“ in Skopje; Albanian Academy of Sciences; European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Salzburg, Austria.
Field of expertise:
History of French Literature


Acad. Luan Starova was born on 14th of August 1941 in Pogradec, Albania, and from 1943 his family moved and lived first in Struga, then for a short time in Tetovo and finally settled in Skopje in 1945. Primary education finished in “Goce Delchev” school in Skopje in the academic year of 1955/1956 on Macedonian language, by which he marks his bilingual predestination – Albanian as his native language and Macedonian as a language of his education. He graduated in ,,Josip Broz Tito” High school in the academic year of 1960/1961. While studying French language and literature and History of art as a second main subject he was employed as a journalist and then as editor in chief of the newspaper “Mlad Borec“. He has been on youth and party functions. After graduating in 1967 he worked in Radio Skopje as a journalist. In 1968 he became chief editor of emissions on Albanian language on Television Skopje. That same year he began to pursue post graduate studies in Theory of Literature with major specialization of French literature on the University of Zagreb. Under the mentorship of prof. Dr. Antun Polanshchak after he passed all courses with a great success he completed his postgraduate studies by defending his master’s thesis entitled “Balkans in the prose of Guillaume Apollinaire“. During 1972/1973 as a scholar of the French government he resided in Paris where he has attended specialized studies at the University of New Sorbonne. In 1974 he was elected as an assistant at the Philological Faculty of the group for French language and literature, on the subject of French literature. Once again as a scholar of the French government during 1975 he realized a visit to Paris where he worked on his doctoral dissertation. In 1978 in Zagreb, with honors he defended his doctoral dissertation, entitled “Work of Faik Konica French and his collaboration with Guillaume Apollinaire,” mentored by Predrag Matveeviċ published in Paris: ,, Faȉk Konitza et Guillaume Apollinaire, Une amtitié éuropéenne ” (1998), and in 1998 published the book in Tirana with a preface by Ismail Kadare.

In 1979 he was elected as the president of the Commission for Foreign Cultural Relations in Macedonia. He was the first editor in chief of the Macedonian edition of the Courrier of UNESCO and member of the editorial board of the international journal ,,Balkans-Forum”. In the period until 1982 he participated with his contributions to the World Congress of the International Association of Comparative Literature in New York, the international symposium of the Institute for Human Sciences in Madrid, held in Barcelona, and during the month-long study stay in China he held lectures in the field of Balkan literature at the Beijing University. In 1985 he has been appointed as the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Yugoslavia in the Republic of Tunisia. Also he was named as the first ambassador of Yugoslavia in the Palestinian state. For these diplomatic missions, from the President of the Republic of Tunisia, he got the high positioning Great officer of the order of the Republic and a special recognition of Yasser Arafat as the first ambassador to the State of Palestine. In 1990 he was elected as a full Professor of French Literature at the Philological Faculty in Skopje. He was elected as a Head of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and held Lectures on postgraduate studies in the field of the European novel. In 1992 resided in Vienna, where at the State Archives worked on documents from the correspondence of Faik Konica the last Austro-Hungarian Foreign Minister Baron Agenor Goluhovski. During 1993 he participated with his contribution, “Faik Konica Beg – an unfinished symphony” of biennial Symposium in Stavelot, Belgium on the topic “Apollinaire and his European friends,” which was published in the Proceedings of the New Sorbonne, and participated in the International poetry Festival in Quebec, Canada. In 1994 he was appointed as the first Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia in the Republic of France and as the first permanent representative to UNESCO and non-resident ambassador to Spain and Portugal. In 1997 He was elected to the Academy of ambassadors, ie Prix des Ambassadeurs at the French Academy. In 1998 he was elected as a member of the Mediterranean Academy, based in Naples. After completing his diplomatic mission, he returned to the country and continues to work as a professor of French Literature at the Philological Faculty in Skopje. He was elected as a visiting professor at the University of Eastern Studies in Naples and taught French literature at the University of South Eastern Europe “Van der Stoel” in Tetovo. He was vice president of the Writers’ Association of Macedonia and the Council of the Struga Poetry Evenings.

Acad. Luan Starova is the author of an extensive scientific work in the field of Romance studies, more specifically of the French literature, Albanian and Macedonian, and comparative literature. He is the author of more than 200 bibliographical units at various professional, scientific papers and studies published in the country and abroad. Also he is the author of translations of works by Jean-Paul Sartre, György Lukács, Andre Fran, Pablo Neruda, Guillevic, Edgar Morin, Ismail Kadare, Anton Pascu and others. He is the author of an extensive literary production where in the first stage he is the author of numerous literary studies, monographs, written in Macedonian and Albanian and he is the author of the book ,,French literary ideas of the XX century”. He has published studies of Guillaume Apollinaire, Andre Fran, Anatole France, Andre Gide, Sartre, Marcel Proust, André Malraux, Albert Camus, Adonis, Ismail Kadare, Nikos Kazantzakis and others. Acad. Starova is the author of studies on the relations of the Balkan literature to European (book ,,Relations’’ – essays and studies of Balkan literatures, Misla, Skopje, 1980) and also he is an author of literary travelogue of his travels in Scandinavia, France, England, Germany, Maghreb, Spain, Turkey, USA, China and other countries (books ,,People and bridges”, ,,Friends”, “Chinese spring ”,  “Barricades of time” and others). In 1991 he published the only book of poetry ”Poems from Carthagena” (1991), then translated into French with foreword by Adonis (2002), the Italian (200 2) published and re-published in Albanian (1991 and 2015) under the title ,,Kartagjena nuk mposhtet”.

Particularly significant is his “Balkan Saga“, a sort of cyclical novel, composed of novels the  following: first “Father’s books” (1992), second “Time of the Goats” (1993), third “Balkan Key” (1995), fourth “Grafted Earth” (1998), fifth “Atheistic Museum” (1996), sixth “The Way of eels” (2000), seventh “Fortress of ashes” (2002), eighth  ,,Balkan Scapegoat’’ (2003), ninth ,, Ervehe-book about a mother ” (2005), tenth “Love of the General” (2008), eleventh ,, Search for Ellen Lejbowitz” (2008), twelfth ,,Embassies” (2009), thirteenth ,,New Embassies” (2011), fourteenth “Border” (2014) fifteenth ,, Balkanvavilonians ” (2014), sixteenth ,,Return of goats” (2016) and seventeenth ,,Polifonists” (2016). In project implementation are the novels 18. “New janissaries ” and 19. “The General and The Butterfly”. In French literature ,, Balkan saga ” is included in the great European novels and wrote about it many famous European writers and academics such as philosopher and sociologist Edgar Morin, permanent Secretary of the French Academy Maurice Druon and member of the French Academy of moral and political Sciences Antoine Geral, Victor Friedman, Nulo Minisi, writers Adonis, Alain Bosquet, Marie-Francoise Allen, Roger-Louis Zhino, Robert Badinter Jean-Yves Pautelle, Gilles La Pouge, Ellen Lejbowitz, Alexi Lorca, Jacques Goshron, Francis Vibrands, Vassilis Vassilikos, Predrag Matveeviċ, Franco Altimari, Peter Rau, Gabriela Schubert, Nedim Gursel, Niko Kovac, Leon Somvil, Patrick Chrisman, Eric Nolo, Eric Fi, Mateja Matevski, Gane Todorovski, Georgi Stardelov, Ferid Muhic, Venko Andonovski, Elizabeta Sheleva, Kata Kulafkova, Jelena Lužina, Elizabeta Popovska, Risto Lazarov, Ali Aliu, Shaban Sinani, Dzevat Loshi, Luan Topchiu, Ali Podrimja,  Virion Grachi, George Bullo, Fatmir Sulejmani, Afrim Rexhepi and others. The novels of this literary saga so far have been translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Greek, Turkish, Bulgarian, Finnish, Croatian, Serbian, English, Esperanto and other languages, and partly in Slovenian and Hungarian. Translated novels by Balkan saga abroad are accompanied by string recognitions and celebrations of promotions in Paris, Washington (Library of Congress) in Vienna, Frankfurt, Gothenburg, Warsaw, Zurich, Jena, Zagreb, Bucharest, Sofia, Athens, Tirana, Istanbul, Turin and others. Romans of Balkan saga are nominated and entered the narrowest selection of prizes: best foreign novel published in 1997 in France, Best European novel ,,Jean Monnet ”, best novel published in Polish on Central and Eastern Europe ,, Angelus” and others. For Balkan saga are published and pending publication doctoral dissertations in Macedonia, Albania, Italy, Poland and other countries. Maria Kuglerova at the University of Warsaw defended her doctoral dissertation titled: “Luan Starova: reconstruction of the Balkan consciousness”, Fatmir Sulejmani at the University of Tirana defended his doctoral thesis: ,, Balkan saga of Luan Starova- a hermeneutic reading”.

For his literary work acad. Starova has won numerous national and international awards: the award “Misirkov” for publication, the City of Skopje’s award “13th of November” for literary work ,, People and bridges ” (1971), state award “11th of October” for the book of essays and studies ,,Approaching” (1976), first prize on the contest of the publishing house Misla for the novel ,, Time of the goats” (1993), twice the prize of the writers of Macedonia, “Stale Popov ” for the  novel of the year ,,Father ‘books” (1992) and the novel ,,Ervehe – book about the Mother ” (2005), Award “Prlicev” for the best translated book, award Macedonian Inss for the Novel of the Year, State Prize “St. Clement of Ohrid”, Racin Award for novel of the year, French international award “Marguerite Yourcenar” for novelistic work for others. He is also the winner of the Medal of the Association of writers who write in French. Acad. Starova is elected member of the Association of French writers (on 09.05.1998). On 19th of June 2003 he was named as an honorary citizen of his hometown Pogradec (Albania). He has received the highest French award for achievement in the arts and in literature (Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres).

As a Honorary member of the Academy of Sciences of Albania was elected in 2006 and he is a member of the Mediterranean Academy in Naples since 2011 and since 2014 he is a member of the European Academy of Sciences in Salzburg, member of the Scientific Society ,,Leibniz” from Berlin since 2016.

As a Full member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts he was elected on 27th of May 2003.  He was secretary of the Department of Arts and from 1st of January 2016 he is elected as the vice president of the Academy.