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Albania Today: A Portrait of Post-Communist Turbulence by Clarissa de Waal

By Clarissa de Waal

This new e-book examines Albania's transition from Communism through the stories of a various diversity of households, highland villagers, city elite, shanty dwellers--Clarissa de Wall has the lives of Albanians there given that 1992. As such, this can be a history--of monetary, social and political change--told from the point of view of the contributors. We see how a ways the archaic international of time-honored legislation keeps to pervade highland existence, from dispute cost to prepared marriages. while, the writer exhibits us contributors of the ex-communist elite in Tirana embracing rentier capitalism, whereas squatters on nation farmland stay below consistent possibility of eviction. Albania, the writer indicates, is a rustic wracked via contradictions: in flight from its Communists prior and but nonetheless beholden to its rural traditions; willing to embody loose markets yet with out foregoing the protection of critical making plans. I.B.Tauris in organization with the Centre for Albanian reviews

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The older women wore faded Epirot costumes with embroidered velvet bodices and long skirts dating back more than half a century. The warmth of the welcome, their delight at strangers and incredibly generous hospitality, the remote position of the villages in the middle of woods half way up mountains, and the sheer oldfashionedness of the life style, conveyed a sense of having walked into the past or a fairytale. This was enhanced by an air of festivity as many of the men who had gone to Greece to find work had come back for the New Year celebrations.

I asked him if he was familiar with Albanian eating habits, their salaries, etc. ” After suffering at least two decades of deprivation in silence, the population was not about to revolt now. ) So the price of bread doubled while the quality went by the board. We regularly thereafter found foreign bodies in the loaves, including plastic sacking, stones and other indeterminate weight-making debris. At the beginning of September the School of Foreign Languages term had not yet begun because the new post-communist curriculum was still being worked out.

There were several men at his house who had been working in Greece, and one setting off for the first time. ” But then these same men started to speak hostilely about Albanian Albanians. Their ambivalence was painfully comprehensive; ambivalence about themselves as a minority versus the rest of the country, about themselves versus the Greeks the other side of the border; about their communist heritage whose educational and cultural advantages they well understood, versus the regime of terror and repression whose suffering and economic deprivations were patent.

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