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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Stalin and the Soviets No trivia or quizzes yet. Oct 02, Blerim Myftiu rated it it was amazing. In his book Enver Hoxha: Tauris and NetGalley for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.

Albanian historiography is a thin field but the weight of opinion, including accounts by Reginald Hibbert, later an eminent diplomat, who was a wartime British liaison officer with the resistance in Albania, supports the opposite line.

It begins with the days before his death in April and ends in Maywhen his remains were transferred to the Tirana municipal cemetery. Stalin’s purges hit the military and Hoxha purges the educated.

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Reviews Schrijf een review. See more of my book reviews on my blog, Stephanie Jane Whether or not he was a philanderer, it provides copious ammunition to prove Hoxha was a tyrant.

Those of us less well-grounded will need to look to other sources of information for completeness. The Iron Fist of Albania. Victor Nickolich The Lynx 27, Interesting biography about such a strange part of history. 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. He is the author of over sixty books, including Albanian Literature: Simeon Mitropolitski particularly recommends this read to those looking to widen their understanding and knowledge of Albania and its history.


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

He has written several books in Albanian. As one of the few people fevizu 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 led 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, making Albania the western equivalent of North Korea as a tightly-controlled, isolated, and impoverished Communist dictatorship.


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. He also wrote prolifically, keeping a diary and writing or dictating more than 60 volumes of memoirs, and had a fdvziu relationship with the internationally renowned novelist, Ismail Kadarewho continued to live in the country under his rule.

To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Following official elections inhe began the systematic elimination of all rivals – torture, internment and execution became his trade-marks. Sign in via your Institution Sign in. The regime that the Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha led from until his death in was incomparably severe.

It would be nice if the book talked more about daily life in Albanian for an average Albanian of the time. I did a lot of extra reading about Albania alongside this book in order to understand everything better. The evner of Stalin, inhad seen the end of Stalinism as a form of government elsewhere in Europe.

Hoxha himself wrote over 68 works, including a 13 volume memoir – this book uses diary entries, letters, communications, interview and memoirs of those who survived his brutal regime. Bekijk de hele lijst. Why play with his subjects? The Iron Fist of Albania. Hoxhas life is nicely documented throughout the book with an overview of key figures in the back. Blendi Fevziu reveals much new information about the lfe of Enver Hoxha from hoxh conducted after the fall of Communism in Albania in about and from documents and memoirs that have come to light since then.

Oct 14, Elisa Shala rated it liked it. Those shouting about electrification, industrialization and progress under Hoxha probably deny the fact that not every village in Italy or Greece had electricity or running water in either.

Under “uncle Hoxha” people were publicly condemned for having an allegedly imperialist haircut or so called “bell-bottoms” pants. Grim, but also fascinating. Tirana Souvenir Stand, Albania Andreas Lehner I found particularly captivating the chapters of the book in which Hoxha is shown more as a real life person, either through detailing his interactions with his closest friends and family or through his actions on matters relatively apart from pure politics.


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Gevziu was a problem filtering reviews right now. Women in the English Historical Review. Suddenly Hoxha, without whom this condemnation would have been impossible, unexpectedly rose in defence of Kadare and approved the book, while calling for minor corrections.

The book barely mentions the destruction caused first by the Italian and then the German occupation which the postwar government inherited. He graduated in literature and Albanian language at the University of Tirana in and inhe was part of the staff of the Student newspaper of the University. This is a biography of a man for whom a envee biography seems impossible and oh yeah, he’s horrible.

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

Vivid and energetic narrative makes it difficult to stop reading. On a critical note, the book needs to go further beyond the simple fveziu of facts about the late Albanian dictator into the realm of contemporary politics. He never discusses the possibility that Hoxha had a comprehensive envee that found its best expression in brutal and generous actions.

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.

What I most wanted, and missed, was some insight into why Hoxha took certain actions or into the experience of living under him in the Bllok as well as in the country as a whole. Blendi Fevziu Elsie, Robert. The question that needs to be hhoxha is: Aeschylus Aeschylus II 12,