BALKANS/ ALBANIA ON MY MIND
by Adam Yamey
Cover of ALBANIA ON MY MIND
Author Adam Yamey has already published two novels set in 19th century southern Africa, "Aliwal" & "Rogue of Rouxville" (both available on AMAZON). Born in 1952, he lives in London (UK)
“It struck me that Albania was the sort of place that might keep a man from yawning” so wrote John Buchan in 1915.
The people of Albania achieved independence in 1913, having endured several centuries of Ottoman domination. After the First World War, they lived under a series of dictatorships beginning with that of King Zog. He was followed by Mussolini, and then by Hitler. They were ‘liberated’ by the Communist partisans at the end of the Second World War, only to be subjected to yet another dictatorship. This was led by Enver Hoxha. During his 30 year ‘reign’ Albania became even more impenetrable to outside observers than North Korea is today.
Hoxha rejected his close allies - first, the Soviet Union, and then the People’s Republic of China. Wishing his country to be self-sufficient, he successfully isolated Albania from the rest of the world.
In "ALBANIA ON MY MIND", published to celebrate 100 years of Albania’s independence, Adam Yamey describes how his almost obsessive interest in the country developed and what he discovered about life inside the country’s closely guarded, tightly sealed borders when he managed to visit it in 1984, the last year of Enver Hoxha’s life.
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