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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The chronological nature of the book was Yoxha book was interesting, educational and a pleasing look into the subject of Albania under Hoxha. Blendi Fevziu, while no apologist for Hoxha, presents here probably the best English language biography of Enver Hoxha based on a range of state archive documentation, interviews and diaries and letters of key actors. Read more Read less.

Enver Hoxha: The Iron Fist of Albania: Blendi Fevziu: Robert Elsie:

Last but not least, the author, as an investigative journalist, gathers important information from people who witnessed some of the events firsthand. Robert Elsie is an expert in the field of Albanian studies.

By using this site, you agree that we can set and use these cookies. This book provides the first biography of Hoxha available in English. As a study in power alone the book is worth reading. The book certainly does not satisfy my curiosity about how a babe of a nation with no working class to speak of, a tribal society still in many respects, and a tiny intellectual community managed to give birth to a deadly and highly effective Communist Party led resistance movement which liberated the country from Nazi occupation.


Inside the Albanian Gulag. Well written with a fluent and easy style.

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

Jul 24, Nevi Kaja rated it really liked it. This excellent biography demonstrates that like Stalin and Hitler, Hoxha rose from a socially insignificant background. It’s been more than 30 years since Hoxha died, and yet important stories cevziu these are still only now coming out from behind the iron curtain.

Where truth is uncertain this is fdvziu indicated by the language used and many key events, particularly during Hoxha’s ascent and early years of power, are now difficult to establish exactly due to his having since ordered the deaths of witnesses who might have refuted his own version.

And the system he created survived him by some five years. The example with famous writer Ismail Kadare is telling in this respect.

The chronological nature of the book was often interrupted to discuss the aforementioned unknown Albanian politicians and their own rise and fall in the party; this resulted in a sometimes choppy read and leading me to forget what was happening prior to the sudden jump into a sub-plot-biography of some second rate Albanian politician.

Robert Elsie Translated by: Indeed, Boendi War II is generally far in the background, something that is occurring, but which seems to have at best a distant connection to Hoxha.

However, to be blunt, this is not a biography. Share efvziu friends Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.


His chutzpah in breaking with powerful allies became legendary.

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

Hoxha’s unremarkable early life and dissolute student fevziiu in France seemed a strange beginning for a paranoid dictator. Hlxha official elections inhe began the systematic elimination of all rivals – torture, internment and execution became his trade-marks. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. He has written several books in Albanian. His book is also important in another way: It is a decent amount of time to distant oneself from the past.

Stalinism, that particularly brutal phase of communism, came to an end in most of Eastern Europe with the death of Josef Stalin in hoxya at least with the Khrushchev reforms that began in the Soviet Union in Overige kenmerken Extra groot lettertype Nee. Fatos Lubonja Second Sentence 33, A fascinating book about a ejver of European history poorly covered in English. 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.

This book, although very factual, is beautifully written, and reads like a gripping novel.