About The Book
About The Author
The Reader's Voice
AS A WRITER, I AM MY READERS
Dorjana Stana: Manager, Elite Sport Academy, Albania - 1.I am reading your book, I haven’t finished it yet, but it’s captivating to the point the I don’t want to put it down. I enjoy the fast, direct and short descriptions – not drawn out and very interesting. It’s a book that has grit, I felt my blood boiling while reading it and everything it’s actual. I am not a book critic, but rather an appreciative ordinary reader. 2. The book left me with a very warm feeling, as despite the bitter reality, you give hope and a significant message that only with love we can heal the wounds of the past and can build a better future. Often, while I was reading it, I told myself- it’s written for me. There is nothing better than when the reader finds oneself in it, and I believe you have touched 90% of the readers (let’s leave the 10% out for modesty.)
Llarisa Mitrushi, Chef, Greece - A novel that has to be read by all, very actual and at a high literary level. The characters came alive and I observed their struggles next to them. This novel has made a significant impression on me. I would love to read other books from Jeta.
Matteo Castelli, Psychotherapist, Toronto, Canada - The cursive, exploratory stroke of this author’s pen is nothing short of poetic. Exploring the human condition from a single solitary perspective of a lone detached character up to the perspective of a nation’s condition, Jeta Vojkollari penetrates some of the hidden secrets of life in Albania and in characters that stay with you long after you have read the book. The themes of human misery are balanced with the positive amelioration that love can compel. The end result is a thorough visitation of the extremes of human nature and the tension that exists between hope and its otherwise challenging rival, despair. You feel as though you have been thoroughly purified after reading this book.
My reader Mariglena Piti, Banking specialist, Albania - The title of the book attracted me, it lured me in. I took the book in my hands and without realizing it I had arrived at the end. I was confused, I got lost in the book. Every line of the novel seemed like a moment from our reality. The descriptions, characters and their stories raised me up to the sky and knocked me to the ground; they filled me with air and left me breathless. Thank you for this beautiful present!
Gloria Skenderas, Economist - A chilling novel that you don’t want to end. A piece of life from the Albanian reality. Stories, beautifully interlaced with each other. Interesting! Thrilling!
Franceska Shehi , Poet, Albania - It’s the title of the book that attracted me. I wanted to discover the mystery of "The Devil I Paid for Advice" from cover to cover. It was a special experience. I am critical of the books I read. But when I come across such books, I am speechless. An enchanting novel. Pages chased one other and I was just a spectator. .. A psychotherapist, who had dark clouds in her eyes and couldn't even help herself. Characters interlace masterfully. Powerful descriptions but not prolonged. Engaging structure. Impressive details. An effortless read. I have read a lot of novels, but I liked none of them this much. I feel lonely now that I finished the book. I feel the absence of characters in my daily life. I miss Sabrina…
Luan H. Medical supplies, Italy - A fascinating book.
Irena Dono, Editor, translator. - A book, I wanted to read in one breath. It unfolds complex relationships of contemporary families and has an artistic level at a rare high. It often surprised me with the rich literary language that embellishes the fluent narration and contours the characters clearly and gracefully.
Violet Gojcaj - President, Zana Financial & Equity Group Inc. USA - Just finished your book. It is hauntingly good. Please keep up the excellent work of art. You set the bar pretty high for all women in the Albanian community around the globe. I highly recommend your work and I wish you the utmost luck. Truly, Violet.
Ambra Hyskaj, Public Health. - "Oh, Jeta! You have no idea how much I loved the book. It is a novel about the daily reality of a lot of women. Congratulations and success for other books." This was what I wrote to the author after I read this book... I wanted to share this with you cause it is really a great book!! Congratulations to the author. Looking forward to read more wonderful books from Jeta Vojkollari.
Enkelejd Lamaj, Writer - Your book was a delightful surprise. The story as well as the narrative captivated my attention from the first page to the very last. Very engaging also the intertwine of characters. My warmhearted congratulations and success in future publishing.
Lira Alikaj – Ekonomist, Albania - The force of dialog, the masterful description of the character’s inner world, and the fusion of the stories, made me not want to put the book down. I look forward to other brilliant books from Jeta.
The Canadian Actor Xhemi Agaj reads from The Devil I Paid for Advice in a fundraising party.
Miklovana Jaku: Program Coordinator, World Vision, Albania - I just finished reading your book, which I liked immensely. While reading impatiently page after page, I sadly noticed the authentic description of the Albanian reality from a psychological, social and philosophical point of view. A painful reality that needs to be changed; a change, for which, you gave your contribution via this book. I just loved it. Thank you! It is a great book to read and I would recommend it to everyone.
Mirsada R. Psychologist, Albania - A book that invites human conscience to throw away brutal phenomena like domestic abuse, violence against women, prostitution as the only “way-out” of poverty, drugs, the irrational power of money which are taking today’s Albanian society away from real values. Tremulous rays of love symbolize characters of Jeta Vojkollari’s novel; her depiction invites readers to discover the end of love and love with a happy ending.
Nancy Vercani, Child Education, Canada Jeta I just finished reading “The devil I paid for advice”. It’s a book that made me experience those stories described so truthfully. It impressed me. I would recommend it to all the people who love reading. Jeta, I want to read more books from you.
Christina Wills, Social Worker, Toronto, Canada - Wow....this was one of the most engrossing books that I've read in a long time.... The characters were so gripping and real, I felt like I was part of their lives. I was honestly sad when I got to the last chapter because i didn't want the book to end. For a time, I was transported to another world that I was so privileged to be a part of. This was a GREAT read!!!!!
Marjane Kreste - A great read!
Sava Nazari, Accountant, Albania - A fascinating book that I did read in one breath. The writing style is very interesting. The stories and the characters are so true to life.
Nusha Dudi, Economist, Greece - Dear Jeta, I did read your novel The Devil I Paid for Advice and I liked it very very much. I liked the realistic stories and its great literary and philosophical level. Looking forward to read other books from you.
Kozeta Rexa - Insurance- Toronto, Canada. - A very well-written book. A great read!
Vaska Laze, USA - A great book for everyone…read it!
Valbona Collaku, Switzerland - The book is a powerful artistic and psychological interlace. It takes your breath away with its veracity of storytelling and its natural connection of characters. Painful realities that often seem without a way-out are surpassed by the love for life and humanity.
Mimoza Lengo, Canada. - I am so proud for my friend Jeta Vojkollari, she accomplished her dream to be not just a writer but a good one. This is her book which I finished in eight hours because I couldn't stop reading. I loved it.
Ledja Derveni , University Teacher, London, England - Congratulations to the author for a fresh and elegant writing style with which the heart-rending realities are conveyed. The narrative merges and clashes ugly and fragile, loathsome and broken, fearful and feisty characters. Impossible not to feel the pain, the struggle, the failure and the overcoming of it all to the core.
Babeta Rexhepi - A great read!
A book for YA. A fresh story for fresh blood.
Anduena Serti , Core Network Specialist - First I want to thank you and congratulate you for the fine work with your novel, which accurately portrays Tirana with her lights and shadows… full of contrasts as it truly is. To be sincere I didn’t expect to see as many characters, and for one moment I wondered whether everyone’s story would have a conclusion. Your novel made me see Tirana, the city where I was born and raised, in a very different light. It made me think that any day I might meet a “Moza” or a “Lul”, not knowing the battles they are facing and how the fates can be interlaced one day. As I flipped the pages, I cannot hide that I felt warmth, rage, fear, disgust to a certain extent, and certainly love for the main characters. It’s one of the few books written after the 90’s which gives HOPE…I like to hold on strongly to it. Look forward to reading other books from you. P.S. I am recommending The Devil I Paid for Advice to everyone I know.
Donna Jessica, Designer Owner Principal at "intentastic" Boston, USA More then a literally concept - a true discovery of human nature at it's rawest form. Amazing - I could not put the novel down. What astounded me was the way that (no spoilers here) the characters evolved in such unexpected ways ... a MUST read.
Tom M. Nushaj S. Manager, Civil Structural Analysis, Nuclear Engineering, Toronto, Canada - Let me tell you that your "The Devil I Paid for Advice" book in English was very enjoyable. I just finished reading your creation. My opinion is that you have been able to masterfully describe a painful reality. Unfortunately, an Albanian reality. A difficult transition of the society. A painful one, with extremes. A transition that is swallowing the second generation. Psychologically, morally and physically. Many things have changed in the country. Some have improved. When I started to leaf through the first pages I took a pen and started to take notes. To play the critic, that we Albanians do for anything. Where appropriate or not. Than I stopped. To tell you the truth what impressed me was something I have seen in just a few authors. The ability to enter in the character’s world. Into their battle with themselves. An internal war that often surprises with the characters’ depth and diversity. With the depth of thoughts. With the vanity of the many. Victor Hugo was and remains an idol for me. He didn’t live past 83, but he’s considered a century man. Considered as one of the most famous French writers, he expressed what they (his characters) did not express. I saw Hugo in you. Thank you! Painful reality. And the intertwining of the characters who often change because they have no other choice. I sincerely thank you for this gift you have given to the Albanian public. To us, Albanians who live in this part of the world. To other readers all over the world. Hoping that they are not going to erroneously imagine what happens there. That in similar forms and shapes happen all over the world.
Teuta Metra, Writer, Journalist, Netherlands I was very interested in reading your book, because, as I recall you won an award last year for one of your poems. I read the book in one breath, and one day I almost missed my metro stop because I was so deeply engrossed in it. A dark book about the dark time Albania can’t unfortunately leave behind. The negative characters like Mone and Dori are growing in numbers. The pages of the book described Albanian’s wounds very clearly. I impatiently look forward to read your next novel.
Ervin Demirxhiu Expert at the Institution of the President of the Republic of Albania - I’ve read your novel. It’s really a great read. Interesting! You can’t foresee what’s going to happen next, as it usually happens in other books.
Genti Bejko, Director/Actor/Producer / Writer I see what you write... :) I love when I may see on written words. :) Thank you!
Drita Bamkallari-Procurement Coordinator at Allbchrome - I bought The Devil I Paid for Advice just a few days ago and just finished reading it. The novel engrossed me from the first page and I could not put the book down. A very detailed description of the characters, stories, a beautiful interlace of them and furthermore a mirror of, I would call, a bitter reality. A piece of Tirana, where I belong. A beautiful book, Jeta. My congratulations. Let’s stay in touch as I would love to read your other books.
The bookshelf of my reader D.B.
Joana Meta -- Corporate Treasury Analyst at Goldman Sachs. ----- Greetings Jeta! Having some free time these days, as a fan of your book I found the courage to drop you few lines and express my sincere opinion regarding “The devil I paid for advice”. Firstly, I can say that the title is quite intriguing and eye catching. Do not recall a single person who has seen the book either on my desk or my hands and hasn’t stopped by and asked what the book is about. Their interest grows further when I tell them that it describes Albanian reality and is written by an Albanian lady living and working in Canada. Secondly, I can say without doubts that it is an amazing book to be read and I highly recommend it. I adore the way you realistically describe each scene and each sense or feeling. While reading the book I felt like walking around Tirana’s streets once again and having flashbacks. Albania’s reality is described as is without adding or removing anything. I am glad to share it with my international friends, and others who show interest in Albanian society. Through this book they will learn about Albanian mentality way better than I could have describe it. I would like to close my remarks by thanking you in advance for your time and thanking you a million for the wonderful book. To me, “The devil I paid for advice” is in the same level as “A thousand splendid suns”, by Khaled Hosseini when it comes to amazingly realistic-describing the wounds of a society, women and relations. So let the world know about it!
Photo from my reader Joana Meta.
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