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Das Einsame Albanien: Reportage aus dem Land der Skipetaren
Das Einsame Albanien: Reportage aus dem Land der Skipetaren
By Paul Lendvai
Interfrom, 1985, 118 pp.

Albania is a sealed and unknown land, but Paul Lendvai, an Austrian journalist and Balkan expert of long standing, was able to make two visits there in 1983 and 1984. Although his hosts spoke only the party line, which is Stalinism as defined and refined by Enver Hoxha (since deceased), and limited his movements, Lendvai asked questions and kept his eyes open. His book gives the best picture we have of Europe's most backward and most tightly controlled country.