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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. In his book Enver Hoxha: The Iron Fist of Albania, Albanian journalist Blendi Fevziu presents English-language readers with the first comprehensive account of.

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The Iron Fist of Albania is a detailed look at the man who ruled Albania for over forty years. Writing primarily for an Albanian readership I felt at times that the author was assuming too much knowledge on the part of his audience and at times I found the narrative a little confusing and jumbled — not helped by the fact that the names are so unfamiliar to, I suspect, most of us in the west.

Simeon Mitropolitski particularly recommends this read to those looking to widen their understanding and knowledge of Albania and its history. This interpretation may seem exaggerated for efvziu ordinary politician, but Hoxha indeed rose to absolute power, and the system created by him survived beyond the end of his life for some years.

But once he found himself in power, he did his best to retain it. Bkendi Albanian leader, through eighty publications including thirteen volumes of memoirs, set out the main milestones of his life, leaving his biographers with the uphill task of challenging his interpretation of events.

To ask other readers questions about Enver Hoxhaplease sign up. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. A very qualitative book. A really special story and a must read if you want to know or understand more about Albania, the balkan region and communism.

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Hoxha, envef he made his country, was quite isolated. Despite being a ‘nonentity’ Hoxha seems to have been recognised as a charismatic public speaker and as possessing good looks making him photogenic and attractive to the people. I did a lot of extra reading about Albania alongside this book in order to understand everything better.


The book is not without its flaws though. It does paint the absurdity and cruelty of Hoxha, but it does not tell much about the background and about Albania as such. The question that needs to be answered is: Reading this newly translated biography of its former dictator, Enver Hoxha, has helped me to understand more about their forty year exclusion.

At times the focus seemed to be almost exclusively on those who were persecuted, imprisoned or killed by Hoxha. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. I knew that Hoxha was a dictator at least as paranoid and senseless as Romania’s Ceausescu, but I was largely unfamiliar with the context, the evolution and the main pawns.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. Although not published to be a country study, it would help western readers understand the country that was hidden by its own iron curtain.

Interestingly at the 2nd plenary of the Communist Party of Albania a concerted effort was made to depose Hoxha with charges of ‘serious crimes committed within the Party, of embarking upon a sectarian and criminal course against his opponents, of constructing a cult of personality around himself, of keeping credit for achievements of the Party and more’.

Methodologically, the book is based on a multitude of primary sources, some published under communism and others after its end. 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 health declined. Hoxha, himself, never finished his college education. He has refused to fly out of the Soviet Union and took a train to Austria before flying into Albania.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Those of us less well-grounded will need to look to other sources of information for completeness.

It fevzi be nice if the book talked more about daily life in Albanian for an average Albanian of the time. A noteworthy contribution to the history of communism in South Eastern Europe.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Blendi Fevziu is a journalist, based in Tirana. His eighty publications included thirteen volumes of memoirs. This informative and entertaining book offers an introduction to one of the world’s lesser-known countries.


Good book, missing facts but shows him as a person very well. Thanks for telling us about the problem. This interpretation may seem exaggerated for an ordinary politician, but Hoxha indeed rose to absolute power, and the system created by him survived beyond the end of his life for some years.

In December and February he was an active participant in the students’ movement that brought the change of regime in Albania. The chronological nlendi of the book was often interrupted to discuss the aforementioned unknown Albanian politicians and their own rise and fall in the party; this resulted in a sometimes choppy read and leading me to forget what was happening prior to the sudden jump into a sub-plot-biography of some second rate Albanian politician.

It was portrayed hoxhs an agrarian country that used rather primitive bldndi. Books by Blendi Fevziu. Gendered Legacies of Communist Albania: Sign In or Create an Account. After WWII, he never set foot in a free country. Albania as a nation ranked as the third poorest in the world. He supplements fevzku own observations with those of earlier travellers and the opinions of those with whom he spoke in Albania. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

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A bunker in Southern Albania. The author summarises his goal as painting the portrait of a real person, of what Hoxha was really like 3without exaggeration, unjustified denigration or bias 9.

It was a communist country and a member of the Warsaw Pact but seemingly a quiet partner. Oct 14, Elisa Shala rated it liked it. Author Blendi Fevziu is an Albanian journalist and the whole book is written in a reportage style, not dry lkbri all, but firmly factual and pragmatic.

Hoxha appeared from nowhere – a political unknown of humble background; in fact, he was not politically active until about when he became leader by default – a compromise candidate.