Enver Hoxha

Ismail Kadare satirises the artful Hoxha

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Blood, they say, is quick on the knife in Albania, where Balkan-style revenge killings, known as giakmarrje (‘blood-takings’), settle ancient…

A Girl in Exile: Ismail Kadare’s novel is full of absence

26 March 2016 9:00 am

My last review for The Spectator was of Julian Barnes’s biographical novel about Shostakovitch. A Girl in Exile also depicts…

The museum which once displayed Enver Hoxha’s pyjamas now houses a pro-democracy radio station

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Albania is a small country of 2.7 million people, wedged within the Balkan peninsula. Separated from both Greece and Italy…