Oliver Friggieri

Oliver Friggieri
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Oliver Friggieri was born in Floriana in 1947 and educated at the Archbishop's Seminary, and the Royal University of Malta. He obtained his Ph.D. with the thesis 'La Cultura Italiana del Romanticismo e la Poesia Maltese' in 1978.

Friggieri writes in Maltese, English and Italian. In his poetry he touches on life's tribulations, man's relation with God, the relevance of history to man's destiny, the individual and society, and national themes - religion and history - that give Malta its identity. Poems by Oliver Friggieri have been translated into Italian, Macedonian, Spanish, English, Rumanian, Greek, Urdu and French.

His 1996 dictionary is the first full-scale dictionary of literary terms in Maltese. It serves as a handbook of Maltese literature. Key terms, taken from across the whole range of literary and philosophical thought, are defined in their intellectual, historical, and literary contexts with carefully selected illustrations.

Friggieri taught Maltese and philosophy in state secondary schools (1968-75) before being appointed an assistant lecturer (1976-78) and lecturer (1978-88) with the department of Maltese of the University of Malta. He was nominated associate professor (1988-90) and became head of department of Maltese (1988) and then full professor (1990).

He collaborated with Paul Mizzi to establish the publishing house Klabb Kotba Maltin in 1971, and in 1980 he became the editor of the Journal of Maltese Studies. He is a full member of the Association Internationale des Critiques Litteraires of Paris.

The following is a select bibliography of Oliver Friggieri-s creative work.


L-Gidba (1977, translated into Serbo-Croat, Romanian, English)
L-lstrarnb (1980, translated into English, Slovene, Serbo-Croat)
FilParlament ma Jikbrux Fjuri (1986).

Short stories:

Stejjer ghal qabel Jidlam 1 (1979)
Ak-tar Stejjer ghal qabel Jidlam 11 (1983)
Stejjer ghal qabel Jidlam (1986, translated into English, Italian, Serbo-Croat)
Fil-Gzira Taparsi jikbru 1-Fjuri (1991).


Malta - The New Poetry (1971, co-author)
Dwal fil-Persjani (1971, co-author)
Cross Winds - An Anthology of Post- War Maltese Poetry (1980, co-author)
Mal-Fanal Hemm Harstek Tixghel (1988)

Here is a select bibliography of books describing Oliver Friggieri's work:

Encyclopedia of World literature in the Twentieth Century, I-IV, 3ed., ed. Steven R. Serafin, St James Press, Michigan, 1999 (on Oliver Friggieri see vol. II, p. 175).

'The Voice of a Nation's Conscience: Oliver Friggieri's Fiction in Recent Maltese Literature', Charles Briffa in World Literature Today (The University of Oklahoma), 71, n. 3, Summer 1997, pp. 495-504.

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