Blendi Fevziu’s biography of Enver Hoxha, first published in , comes to an English-speaking audience after a tumultuous reception in. Blendi Fevziu’s biography of Enver Hoxha, the Albanian ruler from to , is the biggest-selling book in the history of the Balkan country. In Enver Hoxha: The Iron Fist of Albania, Blendi Fevziu provides the first English- language biography of the dictator, drawing upon hitherto.

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Frankl The Doctor and the Soul 12, A little dry at first, particularly doing the meticulous description of the birth of the communist party in Albania, Fevziu manages to paint an image of a dictator that is somewhat recognisable yet shocking.

By using this site, you agree that we can lbendi and use these cookies. But his popularity was genuine and widespread, at least for a time.

Enver Hoxha

He had a huge library and regularly bought books from catalogues sent by French publishers. Albania provides a unique opportunity for comparative analysis of communist countries, an analysis that may jeopardise bounded generalisations regarding the countries from the Soviet bloc.

It must be interesting to grow up in the West and ache for communism: Oct 02, Blerim Myftiu rated it it was amazing. Inside the Albanian Gulag.


From Dictatorship to Democracy in Europe. So the “narrative” constantly jumps back and forth in time. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. The writing style does not include technical language and reading is also made easy thanks to the translation provided by Majlinda Nishku. Here is what the book in fact almost completely consists of. This book, although very factual, is beautifully written, and reads like a gripping novel.

It contains very little context, very little historical detail, very little specific useful information about Hoxha or Albania, and needless to say very little interest in objectivity. Departure of the British and the Americans The role of Nexhmije, his wife, in the power structure is also considered, her influence seems to have been greater than her testimony would have people believe especially as Hoxhas hoxah declined.

Interesting biography about such a strange part of history. Giving them a voice and a story, something which Hoxha desperately tried to deny them, is perhaps Fevziu’s most profound achievement. The final chapters of the book examine the increasingly friendless Hoxha as he withdraws further from the world and the country he leads. Previous post Next post. Unless the reader already approaches this book with a knowledge of Albania under King Zog, under Italian occupation, during the partisan war against the Axis and simultaneous civil war against the BK and Kupi’s forces, as well as an understanding of Albania’s relationships with Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union and China, and an understanding of the internal policies, personalities and politics of postwar Albania, then the reader will always be adrift.


His eighty publications included thirteen volumes of memoirs.

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However, in one country – Albania – Stalinism survived virtually unscathed until Showing of 6 reviews. He lived in an area called the block, heavily guarded area of the city with limited access. To accept cookies, click continue. Description Stalinism, that particularly brutal phase of the Communist experience, came to an end in most of Europe with the death of Stalin in And so on and so fvziu.

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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Jul 24, Nevi Kaja rated it really liked it. Read more Read less. Tauris and the Centre for Albanian Studies. Nevertheless, this seems like a good step, though clearly understandably biased, an important step in confronting this spectre from the not-so-distant past.