Albania – The End of an Era

13 Jun 1990, Tirane, Albania — Ismail Kadare (born January 28, 1936), a leading Albanian writer in a Tirana hotel weeks before his defection to France In 1990. Kadare...

13 Jun 1990, Tirane, Albania — Ismail Kadare (born January 28, 1936), a leading Albanian writer in a Tirana hotel weeks before his defection to France In 1990. Kadare claimed political asylum in France, issuing statements in favour of democratisation: “Dictatorship and authentic literature are incompatible… The writer is the natural enemy of dictatorship.” Kadare never claimed to be Albanias’s Solzhenitsyn, arguing that such a role wasn’t readily available under Hoxha’s uniquely paranoid and insular regime. — Image by © Barry Lewis/In Pictures/Corbis

Vedat Xhymshiti; is an independent journalist and war correspondent. He has reported on a number of Middle Eastern conflicts from the Arab Spring in 2010 to the current Syrian civil war. He has been published in various media including Der Spiegel, NY Times, TIME, Paris Match, Le Monde ect. He is specialized in International Relations and Diplomacy. Xhymshiti is also a print media critic, a columnist for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, and founder of THEFrontliner.net

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