TIRANA, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- Albanian writer Dritero Agolli died on Friday at 85, after losing his battle against a pulmonary disease, Tirana university hospital informed.
Agolli started his career as a poet of short verses and then he became a prose writer, leaving behind numerous verse collections and novels, most of which are translated in different foreign languages.
Agolli has been awarded with Honor of the Nation title, four prizes of the Republic of Albania and several annual literary prizes. In 2013, he was also honored with Carlo Levi award in Italy.
State representatives and prominent figures in Albanian literature and art extended their condolences to his family and expressed gratitude for the colossal works he left behind.