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ALBANIA ON MY MIND [Kindle Edition]

Adam Yamey
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The people of Albania achieved independence in 1912, 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.

In this book about Albania, 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.

Few people (i.e. foreigners) visited Albania when it was ruled by Enver Hoxha, and even fewer have written accounts of what they saw and experienced there.

Enjoy Adam Yamey's personal reminiscences of his trip made to a place where once upon a time few chose to go!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1502 KB
  • Print Length: 92 pages
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  • Publisher: Adam Yamey (13 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A7FK1XY
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More About the Author

Reading like travelling opens the mind!

Some of Adam Yamey's recent books contain a number of semi-autobiographical travelogues. His travels have taken him to Africa, America, Europe, and to countries that no longer exist such as Yugoslavia.

*** THE VERY LATEST BOOK, now available on Kindle AND soon to be published in PAPERBACK is about the Albanian (Arbereshe = Arbëreshë) communities of Sicily. It is called "FROM ALBANIA TO SICILY". This new book is about the Albanians who fled the Ottoman invaders of their native land, and then settled in Sicily in the 15th century. ***

Adam has also published 2 novels. "Aliwal" was his first foray in to the world of creative writing. It interweaves historical facts with fiction to create a life of the first of Adam's blood relatives to travel out from Europe to what is now South Africa. "Rogue of Rouxville" is a fictionalised account of another of Adam's relatives who left Germany, settled in Southern Africa, and then fled to Illinois in 1880.

Adam was born in London in the early 1950s. Educated in London (Highgate School & University College London), he first gained a Ph.D. in physiology, and later became a dental surgeon.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Albania on My Mind Too! 18 May 2014
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I did the exact same Regent Holidays' trip to Albania as Adam Yammey, although mine was in 1987. By this time, Enver Hoxha had passed away, and his designated successor Ramiz Alia, was at the helm. Despite that, it was still Enver Hoxha's portraits, both large and small, that adorned the buildings and squares all over the country. For myself, reading Adams book brought back some very pleasant memories, of a trip that due to the march of time, can no longer be made. Hoxha's Albania was not paradise for the majority of people who populated it, and who could never leave. Our tour group, like that of the author, also had many varied members within it, some I remember with affection, and those whom I have been pleased never to have seen again. Adam's work highlights the good and bad aspects of Socialist Albania, but also reminds readers, that not everything in Albania back then was bad, it wasn't. His in depth descriptions of his fellow travellers, reminded me very much of those on my own trip. Wether our Albturist guides were Sigurimi or not, I do not know. I was lucky enough to be able to correspond with one of them on my trip. His name was Artan, who said that he worked at the Enver Hoxha University, where he was translating the works of Shakespeare into Albanian, it was he that enabled me to also visit Radio Tirana. His letters stopped coming at the time of the fall of the government, I've often wondered what became of him. One aspect of my own trip that I shall never forget, was our first night in Tirana. To be in the floodlit centre of a European capital in the late 80s, and to be able to virtually hear a pin drop due to lack of traffic, was truly bizarre.

If like the author and myself, you're 'into' Albania, don't pass this volume by. Its a wonderfully written travelogue, but the reader should always bare in mind, the deplorable human rights record of those who ruled the country, and the legacy it has left.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rather dull 1 Jun. 2014
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This book is largely lacking in detail, the author remembers a few mundane events, yet at other times cannot remember how long he spent in a particular place. This inconsistency of memory makes one wonder if he actually went there at all or indeed whether this is a second or third hand account.
I had hoped to read something which i hadn't previously known but sadly all we are "treated" to are stories of who was on the trip, what they ate and which bookshops he visited, probably best avoided.
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4.0 out of 5 stars unique experience 23 Aug. 2013
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This is good book, author share his experience from place and time already gone. Not too many people visited Albania under old regime and thanks to the writer we can see small part of this strange world. Book has no ambition to be scientific study just unique memories. I liked.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Albanian hobbyist shares his fascination 22 Sept. 2014
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Albania is a country with an interesting history and a fascinating present (as it negotiates the turbulent wake of a lengthy and brutal communist regime). Albania on my mind provides useful background, mostly through the eyes of a naïve youngster who engaged the country more or less on a whim but one which became a bit of an obsessive hobby. I enjoyed the read, knowing it was a hobbyist sharing his fascination and not pretending to be authoritative. I read it prior to a two-week holiday in Albania, and am grateful I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 30 Mar. 2014
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I enjoyed your book very much. I couldn't put it down. Your writing style is concise and very focused and your narrative brought back many memories. Although the events were unfortunate in Albania, your descriptions brought a smile to my face. I have lived through that regime and I can relate to all your stories in the book. I am recommending this book to my husband and children.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 29 Jun. 2014
By h.y - Published on
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I found it "nice " but not good enough. Expected more insight on Albania
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 31 July 2014
By jim coryelle - Published on
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More about trivial personal matters than Albania. Disappointing. Boring
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