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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At times there are human glimpses of Hoxha: Translated with astonishing clarity, this book goes deep inside the mind and life of the man who plunged Albania into a year nightmare. Well written with a fluent and easy style.

This book provides the first biography of Enver Hoxha available in English, from his birth in GjirokastEr in southern Albania, then still under Ottoman rule, to his death in at the age of However, in one country – Albania – Stalinism survived virtually unscathed until I visited Albania in Why play with his subjects?

The final chapters of the book examine the increasingly friendless Hoxha as he withdraws further from the world and the country he leads.

Write a customer review. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. My thanks to I. Nor is it really clear from the book where or when Hoixha really developed his knowledge of Marxism-Lenninism – a yard stick with which he measured all other regimes and found them to bledni wanting.

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. Regardless of the flaws they are minor the book was good, interesting, nicely translated and had well cited information. Peter rated it it was amazing Jun 04, To put the research interest toward this country in perspective, only 62 articles mentioning Albania were published in the journal Communist and Post-Communist Studiescompared to on Hozha and on Romania, two other Balkan former communist countries.


The book centres on brutality as a norm and presents the generosity as an exception.

Enver Hoxha

So the “narrative” constantly jumps back and forth in time. The regime that the Albanian dictator Hhoxha Hoxha led from until his death in was incomparably severe. Everything that we tourists saw must have been engineered to look satisfactory, just like the so-called Potemkin Villages and Theresienstadt concentration camp when it was visited by the Red Cross.

Jul 31, Albatros Rexhaj rated it it was amazing. In a sense, this book is BYOB: Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Good book, missing facts but shows him as a person very well. Interesting biography about such a strange part of history. He is the author of over sixty books, including Albanian Literature: Hoxha appeared from nowh The story of the Stalinist Communist dictator of Albania, who reigned through terror and repression, and left a shocking legacy of death.

Book Review: Enver Hoxha: The Iron Fist of Albania by Blendi Fevziu | LSE Review of Books

Then we are back toonly shortly to be thrust forward to after Person Y is introduced, because is when Hoxha did something bad to Person Y. The Iron Fist of Albania is a detailed look at the man who ruled Albania for over forty years.


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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. I remember reading and seeing a new tractor that was a design from decades ago. The structure of the book does not strictly follow the life of Hoxha chronologically. Stalin’s purges hit the military and Hoxha purges the educated. Zog spent years trying to cajole waring factions into a functioning modern state with limited success. I understand that is a biography of Enver and he went until but Hoxhs bio and his actions do not stop at that point.

The story of the Stalinist Communist dictator of Albania, who reigned through terror and repression, and left a shocking legacy of death.

The book of Mr. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. His last visit to a communist country was in Hoxhas life is nicely documented throughout the book with an overview of key figures in the back.

Too high for any nation. In many ways, Enver Hoxha was an blenei leader. Enver Hoxha has remained something of an enigma among the leaders of the none West aligned leaders of the European powers.