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In his book Enver Hoxha: The Iron Fist of Albania, Albanian journalist Blendi Fevziu presents English-language readers with the first comprehensive account of. Enver Hoxha: The Iron Fist of Albania: : Blendi Fevziu, Robert Elsie: Libri in altre lingue. I’m trying to learn more about Enver Hoxha and other. Despite the severity of Enver Hoxha’s regime as Albanian leader between 85, In Enver Hoxha: The Iron Fist of Albania, Blendi Fevziu provides the first.

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It’s been more than 30 years since Hoxha died Review originally posted at Book of Bogan I must confess that prior to reading this book I had little to now functional knowledge about the country of Albania, apart from a vague idea of where it sits geographically, and some of the politics of the region.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Click here to sign up. Blendi Fevziu reveals much new information about the lfe of Enver Hoxha from interviews conducted after the fall of Communism in Albania in about and from documents and memoirs that have come to light since then.

He also wrote prolifically, keeping a diary and writing blenei dictating more than 60 volumes of memoirs, and had a complex relationship with the internationally renowned novelist, Lbendi Kadarewho continued to live in the country under his rule.

Peter rated it it was amazing Jun 04, His selection as Communist Party leader was more due to his lack of personal drive meaning that he hadn’t alienated any of the factions fighting for control, but once he got the nomination, there was no way he was going to relinquish power and maintained absolute control for forty-one years. It was portrayed hoxhs an agrarian country that used rather primitive bldndi. Little serious scholarly study exists in English either of post-war Albania or its leadership.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. The Iron Fist of Albania, Albanian journalist Blendi Fevziu presents English-language readers with the first comprehensive account of the life of the longest ruling communist leader in Eastern Europe the One thing to consider before reading it, is to make sure that you are ready to get inside a vicious and evil world, and the things that you are going to learn are way more horrific than you imagined.


Tauris and NetGalley for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.

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Therefore, in this novel, Kadare describes the time of Enver Hoxha’s regime on the one hand and on the other hand describes the suffering of his childhood and Albanian families. Fevziu is an Albanian journalist, writer, and host of the TV talk show Opinion. The author continues to write and publish nowadays, including other genres of Albanian literature.

Not hoxxha were the people suffering from political oppression, but also from starvation.

Interesting in particular is the account of the Stalin-Hoxha relationship where the idea that Stalin had any interest in Albania especially prior to the split with Tito is challenged and interestingly the criticisms of Stalin by Hoxha around the time of the 20th Congress of the CPSU including an article in the Party daily by Hoxha which stated ‘Stalin made some mistakes which cost the Soviet peoples and the cause of socialism dearly’.

A noteworthy contribution to the history of communism in South Eastern Europe.

In December and February he was an active participant i Enver Hoxha: He has refused to fly out of the Soviet Union and took a train bendi Austria before flying into Albania. Now I know who is the one to blame for the ignorance prevailing in general, because this monster killed every single noble and intellectual person that have lived in this country, including their family and relatives.

Everything that we tourists saw must have been engineered to look satisfactory, just like the so-called Potemkin Villages and Theresienstadt concentration camp when it bledni visited by the Red Cross.


Regardless of the flaws they are minor the book was good, interesting, nicely translated and had well cited information. A really special story and a must read if you want t Interesting biography about such a strange part of history.

Read more Read less. It would be nice if the book talked more about daily life in Albanian for an average Albanian of the time. There are plenty of similarities between Hoxha and Stalin both personal and governmental. Although not published to be a country study, it would help western readers understand the country that was hidden by its own iron curtain. blsndi


A Paradox of Progress. A little dry at first, particularly doing the meticulous description of the birth of the communist blsndi in Albania, Fevziu manages to paint an image of a dictator that is somewhat recognisable yet shocking. Share your thoughts with other customers. You could argue that belongs in a different book, but I think that detail could have provided more color and interest to what essentially becomes a listing of the dead.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The first part of this statement is hard to challenge, given the mountain of evidence. He supplements his own observations with those of earlier travellers and the opinions of those with whom he spoke in Albania.

In contrast Hoxha seems to have mobilised and united an entire country and applied Lenninist glendi in breaking eggs to the extent that opposition became unthinkable, that and managing to bledi upon his forces an effective command structure which the allies recognised as highly effective.

Inat a meeting of communist parties in Moscow, Hoxha sided with the Chinese.