30 Apr Hoxha proclaimed Albania the world’s first atheist state, and oversaw much economic progress, but adopted the practices of autocracy – purges. The regime that the Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha led from until his death in Using unseen documents and first-hand interviews, journalist Blendi Fevziu . 12 Apr 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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But once he found himself in power, he did his best to retain it. Click here to cancel reply.


Majlinda Nishku Enver Hoxha: Fevziu is an Albanian journalist, writer, and host of the TV talk show Opinion.

Besoj se libri eshte shkruar ne nje stil te qarte dhe te llogjikshem. E vleresova autorin per bibliografine e shkruar dhe per faktin qe ai nuk lejonte qe te thoshte me shume se provat vertetonin sic ishte rasti i homoseksualitetit te pretenduar te Hoxhes. Even though I never lived those terrible years fefziu I didn’t suffer the misery that those poor people did, I now know the reason blenri this country of full potential, never developed properly.

It was like watching the most horrific movie of all time. 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. It would be nice if the book talked more about daily life in Albanian for an average Albanian of the time.

On its launch a quarter century after Hoxha’s death, some Albanians burned original language copies of this biography in the streets 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. Citing articles via Google Scholar.


Enver Hoxha

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I felt very bad during the reading, sad and stressed. 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. The only disappointment I got from this book is the scarcity of information on Hoxha’s foreign policy, which turned Albania into North Korea of the past, isolated from the rest of the world.

Hoxha’s unremarkable early life and dissolute student years in France seemed a strange beginning for a paranoid dictator. Description Stalinism, that particularly brutal phase of the Communist experience, came to an end in most of Europe with the death of Stalin in Like the other two dictators, Hoxha did all that he could to destroy torture, imprison, and often murder those who knew anything about his past, or even his rise to power.

Unlike Hitler and Stalin, Hoxha was a prolific writer. The chronological nature of the book was The book was interesting, educational and a pleasing look into the subject of Albania under Hoxha. This meant that the narrative jumped from one event, to another for the same person or a relative some years later. Outside Albania, Hoxha was admired by some western radicals for denouncing every kind of imperialism, from Yugoslav to Soviet to Chinese, as well as the US kind.

Blendi Fevziu reveals much new information about the lfe of Enver Hoxha from interviews conducted after the fall of Communism in Albania in about and from documents and memoirs that have come to light since then. And the system he created survived him by some five years. Fortunately, this book goes beyond the narrative of bringing yet one more exotic country to modern political science.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The final chapters of the book examine the increasingly friendless Hoxha as he withdraws further from the world and the country he leads. His last visit to Khrushchev’s Soviet Union, he would only eat food from the Albanian Embassy prepared from hoha collected from several small markets.


Open Preview See a Problem? I found Fevziu’s biography absolutely fascinating both as a overview history of post-war Albania and as a portrait of Hoxha himself.

Inat a meeting of communist parties in Moscow, Hoxha sided with the Chinese.

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

Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and a light-grey double-breasted suit, he embraced each delegate with prolonged gusto. Simeon Mitropolitski particularly recommends this read to those looking to widen their lbendi and knowledge of Albania and its history.

This book provides the first biography of Hoxha available in English. For anyone wanting to understand post-war Albania it is essential. The newsreel offers only the most fleeting insight into Albanian political life.

After WWII, he never set foot in a free country. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

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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. Although not published to be a country study, it would help western readers understand the country that was hidden by its own iron curtain. Methodologically, the book is based on a multitude of primary sources, some published under communism blenri others after its end. However, in one country – Albania – Stalinism survived virtually unscathed until 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.