The Forgotten Years
This chapter traces the extent to which Mother Teresa’s ﬁrst eighteen years in Skopje have been studied or ignored by her biographers, especially those writing for a Western audience. The texts studied include works written from the early 1970s to the present. Considerable attention is paid to the literature about the 1910-1928 period originating from the Balkans. The textual analysis provided is intended to explore some of the motives for the attention, or lack of it, several Mother Teresa experts pay to her early life, family, ethnicity and nationality. The works analysed are seen in the contexts of the time when they were written, the nature of the authors’ interest in Mother Teresa and their afﬁliations to certain religions, countries, nationalities and ethnic groups.