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Artful Albanian: Memoirs of Enver Hoxha Artful Albanian Memoirs of Enver Hoxha by Enver It s an interesting curiosity that this edition of Hoxha s memoirs shares an author with that most viciously reactionary tome, Mao The Unknown StoryPublished shortly after Hoxha s death in , The Artful Albanian is a collection of various bits and pieces from Hoxha s extensive memoirs, and offers us a very rare insight into a secretive regime that to this day remains largely veiledThe Artful Albanian Memoirs of Enver HoxhaNotRetrouvez The Artful Albanian Memoirs of Enver Hoxha et des millions de livres en stock surAchetez neuf ou d occasion Artful Albanian The Memoirs of Enver Hoxha THE ARTFUL ALBANIAN is an edited version of the many volumes long memoirs of Enver Hoxha Of course, it is possible that what Jon Halliday has not put into the present volume is as revealing as what he has I rather doubt it though Whatever the case, he has certainly gathered a number of interesting sections, connected by intelligent commentary The Artful Albanian The Memoirs Of Enver Hoxha The Artful Albanian The Memoirs Of Enver Hoxha Edited by Jon Hallidaypp, Chatto Windus,Purchase Forthanyears Hoxha was Number One in Albania, Europe s most isolated and insulated country, virtually cut off from the West and cutting itself off, successively, from its partners and patrons in the communist world Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union, and finally China He wasartful Albanian the memoirs of Enver HoxhaReginald Hibbert The artful Albanian the memoirs of Enver Hoxha, International Affairs, Volume , Issue ,January , Pages , The artful Albanian memoirs of Enver Hoxha The artful Albanian memoirs of Enver Hoxha Enver Hoxha Jon Halliday Home WorldCat Home About WorldCat Help Search Search for Library Items Search for Lists Search for Contacts Search for a Library Create lists, bibliographies and reviews or Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near youThe Artful Albanian The Memoirs Of Enver Hoxha Buy The Artful 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leaves the Warsaw Pact de facto and Albania leaves the Warsaw Pact de jureAbolition of religion In fact, Albania abolished religionzealously than any other Communist dictatorship Through the volumes of material he left behind and presented here edited and with explanatory text Hoxha paints a picture of himself as an intransigent true believer in his own narrow interpretation of Marxism Leninism For Hoxha there is basically Stalin, and everyone else who isn t Stalin.An interesting and eye opening book for those curious about the inner workings and machinations of the communist bloc however, be warned a bit of familiarity is assumed by the editor If you are not we Through the volumes of material he left behind and presented here edited and with explanatory text Hoxha paints a picture of himself as an intransigent true believer in his own narrow interpretation of Marxism Leninism For Hoxha there is basically Stalin, and everyone else who isn t Stalin.An interesting and eye opening book for those curious about the inner workings and machinations of the communist bloc however, be warned a bit of familiarity is assumed by the editor If you are not well versed with the Balkans of the Communist era, be prepared to do a lot of research on the various characters involved here I spent a bit of time on Wikipedia reading about Ko i Xoxe, Mehmet Shehu, and others to get additional background that is not presented Despite this shortcoming, Halliday does a good job illustrating where Hoxa s accounts of events match or depart from the historical record.A fascinating account, but I feel that its presentation leaves holes in the story Having just read Jason Tomes excellent King Zog of Albania I thought the time was ripe to read something on his successor Enver Hoxha Published in 1986 this book has actually been sitting on my bookshelf for about 30 years and was never a priority How wrong I was to think Envers memoirs, presented and edited here by Jon Halliday, would be dry and dull My knowledge of Hoxhas Albania went little further than it being the last bastion of Stalinism and not that interesting at that although the Having just read Jason Tomes excellent King Zog of Albania I thought the time was ripe to read something on his successor Enver Hoxha Published in 1986 this book has actually been sitting on my bookshelf for about 30 years and was never a priority How wrong I was to think Envers memoirs, presented and edited here by Jon Halliday, would be dry and dull My knowledge of Hoxhas Albania went little further than it being the last bastion of Stalinism and not that interesting at that although the subject and its political history do interest me a lot Being pre Soviet collapse era this book no doubt lacks a lot ofrecently available material It is based of the actual published writings of Hoxha for the most part with the latter part of the book dealing with the Chinese period based on his diary accounts Surprisingly, perhaps, what comes across is a well informed, highly critical, individual who detests the excesses, double and under hand dealing, corruption and ideological bankruptcy of both his then current and erstwhile bloc colleagues while himself remaining an out and out Stalinist While the first part of the book does cover the war of liberation and the revolution it does not explain how Hoxha successfully mobilised a country that Zog failed miserably to effectively bring under his control although both faced the same historic Albanian leadership dilemmas Falling out with the Yugoslavs, Soviets and Chinese all of whom failed to measure up to Hoxhas exacting Marxist Leninist line he details their betrayals and then roots out his fellow countrymen who were too close or compromised by ties with former allies describing in detail their traitorous behaviour and dispatching them without remorse.Of Stalin he says Stalin was no tyrant, no despot He was a man of principle, he was just, modest and very kindly and considerate towards people, the cadres, and his colleagues No mistakes of principle can be found in the works of this outstanding Marxist Leninist It is against this yardstick all others are measured Khrushchev and Tito become his arch enemies and he accuses them of the crimes Khrushchev denounced Stalin for in his secret speech If all this is true, you were there, why didn t you stop him Hoxha asks dryly When the Soviets suggest their Albanian comrades do some soul searching and rehabilitation Hoxha replies There is nothing for our Party to reexamine in its line We have never permitted serious mistakes of principle in our line Hoxha rails against the corrupt regime of the new Romanian bourgeois under Ceausescu, If the world waits for the Ceausescu s to bring down imperialism, imperialism will live for tens of thousands of years His comments on the behaviour of Soviet allies are highly critical and ring true On the DPRK, even in 1956, Hoxha exclaims you had to look hard to find a portrait of Marx or Lenin even in a dusty corner somewhere Cuba fairs better and while saying he and Castro diverge and do not see eye to eye he admires his pronounced sense of resistance and independent streak It is China though that really baffles him, Are we dealing with Marxists of religious fanatics he asks Many diary entries are dedicated to trying to work out what is behind the Chinese wall of silence, smoke and mirrors He describes various cunning attempts to find out what is really happening or thought and is baffled by the excesses and slogan bound politics of his supposed allies The book is also interesting on the historical issues surrounding the problems which blew Yugoslavia apart, for example Kosovo which is clearly a bone of contention from the start While no doubt limited by its publication date this book remains a great read with moments of real Stalinist humour You can almost picture Enver with steam coming out of his ears as he sits at the head of a rigidly correct Marxist Lennist regime that is rapidly running out of acceptably orthodox friends A good follow up from Zog Albania s Long TIme Boss Tells All or almost all Enver Hoxha was never a hero of mine For most of my life I ve been fascinated by Albania, its culture, history, music, and literature, but thanks to him I could only visit the country of my fascination in 1996 I found it in sorry shape, again thanks to this son of a landowning family who returned from studying in France and Belgium to be a teacher and subsequently to lead the Communist Partisans against the fascist invaders during World War I Albania s Long TIme Boss Tells All or almost all Enver Hoxha was never a hero of mine For most of my life I ve been fascinated by Albania, its culture, history, music, and literature, but thanks to him I could only visit the country of my fascination in 1996 I found it in sorry shape, again thanks to this son of a landowning family who returned from studying in France and Belgium to be a teacher and subsequently to lead the Communist Partisans against the fascist invaders during World War II Hoxha prepared for his takeover by fighting with the non Communist Albanian resistance just as often as with the Italians and Germans Remaining in power from 1944 to his death in 1985, this Balkan despot eventually quarreled with every power that aided him Yugoslavia, the USSR, and China and became everparanoid, never leaving Albania for the last 25 years of his life It is not too much to say that Hoxha and his policies utterly ruined Albania, even if he kept it from being swallowed by greedy neighbors He murdered, imprisoned, terrified, and kept ignorant an entire people Seven years after his death, the whole country lay destitute, destroyed, desperate Albania has had to begin from scratch What has such a man got to say for himself THE ARTFUL ALBANIAN is an edited version of the many volumes long memoirs of Enver Hoxha Of course, it is possible that what Jon Halliday has not put into the present volume is as revealing as what he has I rather doubt it though Whatever the case, he has certainly gathered a number of interesting sections, connected by intelligent commentary I found the book fascinating for what it revealed about this dictator of a people s democracy which, in the end, did not rise far above the Balkan dictatorships of the past Hoxha emerges asintelligent and discerning than many world leaders, certainlythan most leaders produced by the Communist bloc after World War II He is at is best in criticizing the vainglorious amassing of the trappings of power of other leaders, in divulging the hypocrisies of the worker states No word about his own foibles of course There are a large number of interesting conversations between Eastern bloc leaders complete with open threats and farting dogs, and the intricacies of his relationship with China Hoxha was a man who can casually speak of liquidation of a man or a class without the slightest qualm In the end he killed his closest ally, Mehmet Shehu, and denounced him as a Western agent Hoxha s last words in the book are..the walls of our fortress are of unshakeable granite rock The pitiful, crumbling concrete pillboxes that dot Albania, around half a million of them, give aaccurate picture of Hoxha s achievement.If you are interested in knowing something about Hoxha, about his view of what he did and whom he met, and if you don t mind a fair bit of the old party line along the way, from the horse s mouth then by all means read this book For anyone who wants to know what crushed Albania, why it s in the mess that it s in, this book is a good place to start


About the Author: Enver Hoxha

Communist leader of Albania from 1944 until his death in 1985.Unlike other European communist countries, Hoxha choose the side of China in Sino Soviet split.Hoxha was a staunch critic of revisionist socialism and eurocommunism Under his rule Albania became the first official atheist country.


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