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By Clarissa de Waal
This new e-book examines Albania's transition from Communism through the stories of a various variety of households, highland villagers, city elite, shanty dwellers--Clarissa de Wall has the lives of Albanians there in view that 1992. As such, it is a history--of fiscal, social and political change--told from the viewpoint of the contributors. We see how some distance the archaic global of commonplace legislations keeps to pervade highland existence, from dispute cost to prepared marriages. while, the writer exhibits us participants of the ex-communist elite in Tirana embracing rentier capitalism, whereas squatters on kingdom farmland dwell less than consistent probability of eviction. Albania, the writer indicates, is a rustic wracked by means of contradictions: in flight from its Communists previous and but nonetheless beholden to its rural traditions; prepared to include unfastened markets yet with no foregoing the protection of crucial making plans. I.B.Tauris in organization with the Centre for Albanian stories
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A more likely explanation was that to establish two queues, a hard and fast category such as male and female eliminates arguments. Even so there was some ﬁghting, and I used to get annoyed at cheating men who would approach the woman at the head of her queue (once it was me), and hand her the money for their order. In 1992 bread cost twenty leks (20 US cents) a kilo. The brown bread was very good indeed, for texture, taste and staying fresh. Albanians call eating a meal ‘eating bread’ an indication of bread’s importance in their diet.
On the top ﬂoor lived a family of professional ballet dancers, the older of whose sons had escaped to a job in Madrid while on tour there earlier in the year with the Albanian ballet. Organised arts in Tirana were naturally suffering and the father of the family 34 Albania Today spent a lot of time histrionically leaping about and wringing his hands over the situation. Immediately above us lived a couple who had been cooks to one of Enver Hoxha’s right hand men. This had allowed them a number of privileges and a considerably richer diet, they said, than that of the average Tiranian.
Halfway down the Bulevard we passed the Pyramid designed by Hoxha’s architect daughter and built as a museum to himself. Little boys were sliding vertiginously down the wide polished marble ribs between the mirror-glass segments of the 32 Albania Today roof. Every few minutes Vjollca would say: ‘Come and meet my uncle, cousin, aunt, sister, friend, colleague’. These former privileged members of society all had jobs under the new regime, having bridged the political gap with remarkable skill professionally despite retaining powerful nostalgia for the former regime.
Albania Today: A Portrait of Post-Communist Turbulence by Clarissa de Waal