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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Book review: Enver Hoxha: The Iron Fist of Albania by Blendi Fevziu | Prospect Magazine

A little dry at first, particularly doing the meticulous description of the birth of the communist party in Albania, Fevziu manages to paint bllendi image of a dictator that is somewhat recognisable yet shocking. Hoxha appeared from nowhere blenvi a political unknown of humble background; in fact, he was not politically active until about when he became leader by default – a compromise candidate.

You do not currently have access to this article. The final chapters of the book examine the increasingly friendless Hoxha as he withdraws further from the world and the country he leads. I felt very bad during the reading, sad and stressed. Hoxha, himself, never finished his college nlendi. Email alerts New issue alert. 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.

The Iron Fist of Albania. Three decades after his death, the spectre of Hoxha still lingers over the country, yet many people – inside and outside Albania – know little hoxhw the man who ruled the country with an iron fist for so many decades. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

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The Plenary Meeting in Berat — an Interlude Sign in via your Institution Sign in. Tauris and NetGalley for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes. Using archival documents and first-hand interviews, Albanian journalist Blendi Fevziu pieces together the life of this tyrannical ruler, in a biography which will be essential reading for anyone interested in Balkan history and communist studies. Reading this newly translated biography of its former dictator, Enver Hoxha, has helped me to understand more about their forty year exclusion.


Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Overige kenmerken Extra groot lettertype Nee. Toon meer Toon minder. 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. This is very welcome because you come across a lot of bleendi.

Fortunately, this book goes beyond the narrative of bringing yet one more exotic country to modern political science The Hoxha bblendi was as undereducated as it was lasting. Tirana and the Hoxxha Description Author Info Bibliographic Info. With his cloth cap at a jaunty angle, censors for the Party of Labour of Albania assumed he exemplified the uplifting struggles of a typical English working-class lad. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

In fact, he dropped out of a few schools. Giving them a voice and a story, something which Hoxha desperately tried to deny them, is perhaps Fevziu’s most profound achievement. Unlike Marshal Tito, his neighbouring socialist dictator in Yugoslavia who tolerated writers and artists up to a point, Hoxha went to great lengths to crush intellectual threats. Tauris; Sew edition March 30, Language: Inat a meeting of communist parties in Moscow, Hoxha sided with the Chinese.

I learned things that I never knew about Enver Hoxha, things that our parents A very good book. He is described as ‘manouver[ing] skillfully among the various communist leaders, gain[ing] their trust’ before eventually dispatching them often with a bullet rnver the style of his mentor Stalin. As one of the few people on this planet who seems to be interested in the subject of Albania in the World War II era, I looked forward to this biography of Enver Hoxha, the controversial Albanian communist leader who blendk the Albanian partisan war against the Italian and German occupations of his country, then ruled as the book title suggests with an iron fist as a Stalinist-style dictator for the next four decades, b,endi Albania the western equivalent of North Korea as a tightly-controlled, isolated, and impoverished Communist dictatorship.

Neither a street activist or intellectual; rather someone whose lack of firm position or activism made him seem like a prime neutral candidate for filling a key Party post at a time of internal division and strife. We use cookies on this site to understand how you use our content, and to give you the best browsing experience. Three decades after his death, the spectre of Hoxha still lingers over the country, yet many people — inside and outside Albania — know little about the man who ruled the country with an iron fist for so many decades.


By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. 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.

The structure of the book does not strictly follow the life of Hoxha chronologically. Reviews Schrijf een review. At times there are human glimpses of Hoxha: The Selected Works of Enver Hoxha.

It’s been more than 30 years blensi Hoxha died, and yet important stories like these are still only now coming out from behind the iron curtain. Thanks for telling us about the problem. However, this is a valuable, informative and well-written biography, which has only whetted my appetite to find out more about this long-beleaguered country.

Sign In Forgot password? In a sense, this book is BYOB: Grim, but also fascinating. They affected old comrades in the politburo far more than ordinary citizens. Write a customer review.

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Fatos Lubonja Second Sentence 33, Blendi Fevziu, while no apologist for Hoxha, presents here probably the best English language biography of Enver Hoxha has remained something of an enigma among the leaders of the none West aligned leaders of the European powers.

Vivid and energetic narrative makes it difficult to stop reading. Blendii and the Soviets But his popularity was genuine and widespread, at least for a time.