Judith Vidal-Hall

Last of the Stalinists

Enver Hoxha: The Iron Fist of Albania

By Blendi Fevziu (Translated by Majlinda Nishku)

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Travel writers are tipping Albania as the next tourist hotspot, but what do we know of this ancient country? There is ‘luxury and inconvenience on the one hand, liberty, hard living, and filth on the other … Shut out … by iron walls of mountain, surrounded by the sternest features of savage scenery, rock and chasm, precipice and torrent, a more fearful prospect, and more chilling to the very blood, I never beheld.’

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