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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Even up until his death inhis grip on power was strong and unquestioned. Until I read Fevziu’s book, I had no idea what a dire state the country was in when I visited it. Teacher of Moral Education 6. The book of Mr.

Such was the reign of terror that no audible voice of hxoha or dissent ever arose in the Balkan state and Albania became isolated from the rest of the world and utterly inward-looking. Excellently translated by Majlinda Nishku this is an absorbing and captivating read. Prospect subscribers have full access to all the great content on our website, including our entire archive.

Fevziu claims Hoxha held his partisans back so that the Germans would concentrate on killing anti-communist nationalists. Read more Read less. Fatos Lubonja Second Sentence 33, In a sense, this book is BYOB: This book provides the first biography of Hoxha available in English.

This chronological disruption really made it hard to read especially since my knowledge of Albania is not enough to actually know who these people were. Saving Kadare from the trap laid down by Hoxha himself is not unique in the life of the Albanian dictator.

The second part, however, is questionable, and it will leave readers puzzled and curious to learn more about the man who personified Albania for more than forty years.

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He has written several books in Albanian. Sign In or Create an Account. That which did exist tended to suffer from a lack of reliable primary resource material and either sang the praises of heroic Comrade Hoxha or presented him as an arch demon.

The book barely mentions the destruction caused first by the Italian feevziu then the German occupation which the postwar government inherited. Start reading Enver Hoxha: Website by Unified Solutions. Such was the reign of terror that no audible voice of opposition or dissent ever arose in the Balkan state and Albania became isolated from the rest of the world and utterly inward-looking.

In some chapters, for instance on political purges, the topics and arguments seem to overlap. Bekijk en vergelijk alle verkopers. Using unseen documents and first-hand interviews, journalist Blendi Fevziu pieces together the life of a tyrannical ruler in a biography which will be essential reading for anyone interested in Balkan history and communist studies. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. It was like watching the most horrific movie of all time. Bring Your Own Background Knowledge.

I would have liked more pictures in the book and a bit of knowledge about the history of Albania is recommended. Vivid and energetic narrative makes it difficult to stop reading.

A noteworthy contribution to the history of communism in South Eastern Europe. It is an fevaiu tale – how one man captured a country and held it prisoner for the best part of half-a-century – and it is well told. His eighty publications included hoxna volumes of memoirs. With a combination of self-criticism and clever delay tactics Hoxha was able to take the wind out of the oppositions sails before dividing and disposing of them in what was by then time honoured fashion and remained so for bleni reign.

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If you do not know your login details, simply close this pop-up and click ‘Login’ on the black bar at the top of the screen, then click ‘Forgotten password? The book certainly does not satisfy my curiosity about how a babe of a nation with no working class to speak of, a tribal society still in many respects, and a tiny intellectual community managed to give birth to a deadly and highly effective Communist Party led resistance movement which liberated the country from Nazi occupation.


He is the author of over sixty books, including Albanian Literature: As a study in power alone the book is worth reading. Oct 02, Blerim Myftiu rated it it was amazing. The only disappointment I got from this book is the scarcity of information on Hoxha’s foreign policy, which turned Albania into North Korea of the past, isolated from the rest of the world.

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In the decades since Hoxha’s death, Albania has made substantial progress in political and economic terms, yet the spectre of Hoxha still lingers over the country. Group of people led from Hoxha used tactically the wave of rising ideology in Eastern Europe to establish and later to isolate 2 millions Albanians, and to punch down perspective of many more to come in later decades and further.

Previous post Next post. The Iron Fist of Albania on your Kindle in under a minute. Books by Blendi Fevziu. Unfortunately, I do not find any excuse for communist atrocities. Recensie s ‘Blendi Fevziu’s work is extraordinary.

All Yugoslav experts were expelled. It was a communist country and a member of the Warsaw Pact but seemingly a quiet partner. The Hoxha regime was as undereducated as it was lasting.