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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Want to Read saving…. Hoxha, like he made his country, was quite isolated. The first part of this statement is hard to challenge, given the mountain of evidence. A very qualitative book. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

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But once he found himself in power, he did his best to retain it. Stalin’s purges hit the military and Hoxha purges the educated. 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. The Iron Fist of Albania is a detailed look at the man who ruled Albania for over forty years.

He has pieced together a biography of Enver Hoxha drawing on both archival material and interviews that he conducted. I finished this book thinking that while I now know a little more about Enver Hoxha and Albania, I need to find out more.


See more of my book reviews on my blog, Stephanie Jane The ener is not without its flaws though. You could not be signed in.

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

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

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This consisted of a long line of women, queuing to be greeted by Hoxha. Group of people led from Hoxha used tactically the wave of rising ideology in Eastern Europe to establish and rnver to isolate 2 millions Albanians, and to punch down perspective of many more to come in later decades and further. Well researched, detailed, powerful, compelling. At times the focus seemed to be almost exclusively on those who fegziu persecuted, imprisoned or killed by Hoxha.

A noteworthy contribution to the history of communism in South Eastern Europe. And the system he created survived him by some five years. Preview — Enver Hoxha by Blendi Fevziu. The author continues to write and publish nowadays, including other genres of Albanian literature.

No oibri or quizzes yet. Thanks to NetGalley for a review copy. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Hoxha was maybe the worst of the Eastern European despots, and Fevziu’s matter-of-factly description is honest but not sensationalistic.

Based on local sources, interviews, including with people that at certain moments of time were part of the ‘inner circle’ of the dictator and local archives recently open to the public, this book boxha the comprehensive resource in English about Hoxha and the Albanian communism in general. hhoxha


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. Reading this newly translated biography of its former dictator, Enver Hoxha, has helped me to understand more about their forty year exclusion.

Interesting in particular is the account lihri 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’.

Interesting biography about such a strange part of history. They were both unlikely leaders who worked to gain power through favors and opportunity. The chronological nature 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 blend sudden jump into a sub-plot-biography of some second rate Albanian politician.

Hoxhas life is nicely documented throughout the book with an overview of key figures in the back.