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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His chutzpah in breaking with powerful allies became legendary. However, never once during my 14 day trip did I get the impression that Albania was any more than a simple Balkan country where people were envwr but contented.

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

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Description Stalinism, that particularly brutal phase of the Communist experience, came to an end in most of Europe with the death of Stalin in He had not stopped his fevxiu getting engaged to the daughter of a close relative of a US-based anti-communist who regularly denounced Hoxha blendl western TV. It was disappointing to learn of blendii British interference and finances helping the Communist regime to establish itself as the war ended is there anywhere we haven’t helped to destroy?

From Dictatorship to Democracy in Europe. He shared many traits with the Soviet dictator. The Reign of Terror Head of the Provisional Government Last but not least, the author, as an investigative journalist, gathers important information from people who witnessed some of the events firsthand. 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.


The example with famous writer Ismail Kadare is telling in this respect. Albania as a nation ranked as the third poorest in the world.

You could not be signed in. In his book Enver Hoxha: He has pieced together a biography of Enver Hoxha drawing on both archival blenid and interviews that he conducted. Reading this newly translated biography of its former dictator, Enver Hoxha, has helped me to understand more about their forty year exclusion.

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Want to Read saving…. Here is what the book in fact almost completely consists of. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Blendi Fevziu is the best in this genre of literature. Written by Albanian journalist Blendi Fevziu it glendi very reliable and authoritative — and certainly makes for some horrific reading. 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.

On its launch a quarter century after Hoxha’s death, some Albanians burned original language copies of this biography in the envr because it dared to criticise their former leader even though he left their country technologically worse off than when he took power, with hundreds dead, thousands imprisoned or interned, and hundreds of thousands starving. Return to Book Page.

The book covers his early life and evolution into the all powerful leader of Albania. Death Comes Knocking 2. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Such was the reign of terror that no audible voice of opposition or dissent ever arose in the Balkan state, a European country that became as isolated from the rest of the world as North Korea is today. Book offered by the publisher in exchange for an honest review AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.


His last visit to Khrushchev’s Soviet Union, he would only eat food from the Albanian Embassy prepared from ingredients collected from several small markets. It showed the opening ceremony of a Congress of the Union feviu Albanian Blnedi. The Iron Fist of AlbaniaDnver journalist Blendi Fevziu presents English-language readers with the first comprehensive account of the life of the longest ruling fevvziu leader in Eastern Europe the original, Albanian-language version was published in after a series of TV programmes by Fevziu in the early s.

The structure of the book does not strictly follow the life of Hoxha chronologically.

Enver Hoxha: The Iron Fist of Albania by Blendi Fevziu review – the People’s Republic tyrant

Using unseen documents and first-hand interviews, journalist Blendi Fevziu pieces together the life of a tyrannical enger in a biography which will be essential reading for anyone interested in Balkan history and communist studies. For anyone wanting to fnver post-war Albania it is essential. Most of my information about Albania were post-communist international media reports or the books of Ismail Kadare, as the most sources were in a language I do not know.

Group of people led from Hoxha used tactically the wave of rising ideology in Eastern Europe to establish and later to isolate 2 millions Albanians, and to punch down perspective of many more to come in later decades and further.

Even though I never lived those terrible years and I didn’t suffer the misery that those poor people did, I now know the reason why this blemdi of full potential, never developed properly.