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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Enver Hoxha

The years when being on deep poverty and being oppressed by the political system were a daily routine. The book is libdi organized, based on written documents and gives cold realism of sufferings throughout the second part of XX century.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Interesting biography about such a strange part of history.

Envver last visit to Khrushchev’s Soviet Union, he would only eat food from the Albanian Embassy prepared from ingredients collected from several small markets.


Gendered Legacies of Communist Albania: He never trusted Kruschev or the Chinese let alone any Western country. I found Fevziu’s biography absolutely fascinating both as a overview history of post-war Albania and as a portrait of Hoxha himself. In this study Hoxha emerges as something of a “nonentity” in the early years of the formation of the Albanian Communist movement, a person who ‘made and impression by not making an impression’.

A very qualitative book. This interpretation may seem lirbi 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. An incredible achievement even though he effectively destroyed his country and totally isolated himself in the process. It was like watching the most horrific movie of all time. Share your thoughts with other customers.


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See more of my book reviews on my blog, Stephanie Jane Loading comments… Trouble loading? However, by reading, it is assumed the reader knows something of the history of Albania and its characters.

Still, if the purpose of the book was to individualise the suffering, to remind the world of these individuals, then it did tevziu well. Another chapter looks at Hoxhas increasing health problems and the fears this triggered concerning treatment.

I visited Albania in He wrote his own history, and made it difficult hoxhs any conflicting accounts to either be written, or to survive. I felt very bad during the reading, sad and stressed.

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Details of Hoxha’s obsessive public relations campaign to present himself as he wanted to be seen and remembered are interestingly similar to celebrity and brand campaigns nowadays and it worked.

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. Good book, missing facts but shows him as a person very well. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In many ways, Enver Hoxha was an unlikely leader.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It leaves a lot uncertain and unanswered but probably gets as close as we are likely to to an examination of the man and his mind, it unravels some of the questions but still leaves a host of others the answers to which he took to the grave. 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.

In December and February he was an active participant in the students’ movement that brought the change of regime in Albania. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

Methodologically, the book is based on a multitude of primary sources, some published under communism and others after its end. Following official elections inhe began the systematic elimination of all rivals – torture, internment and execution became his trade-marks. 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.

Whilst some of the names are unfamiliar to many readers the corruption and abuse of power will be familiar to any students of communist history.