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Works by Lea Ypi

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Birthdate
1979-09-08
Gender
female
Nationality
Albania
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Albania
Birthplace
Tirana, Albania

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Of the class of erudite scholarship which produces tenure and the shibboleth as a waste product.
 
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Joe.Olipo | Sep 19, 2023 |
I love this book and think it is an extraordinary work of insight & expression. Basically, it is the story of a person born in 1979 in Albania, what it was like as she grew into girlhood during the isolated, intentionally distant from the world nation run by Enver Hoxha from the end of WW II to 1990 when it came unglued. It then goes through some of what life was like in the post-communist period up till she was 18. During the communist period there were numerous contradictions, and their parents were not communists who had to mouth slogans and never tell anyone - including her - what they really believed. Some of their immediate relatives had been imprisoned for long periods. In the 1990's there was freedom & improvement in the lives of most people ... until things fell apart in 1996 and became a violent revolution in 1997. The author, a professor of philosophy, was always someone who read & thought; and her articulation of those 18 years was so well-written & compelling that I felt joy much of the time that I was reading it. I admire the author and respect what she has done in writing this book.… (more)
 
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RickGeissal | 15 other reviews | Aug 16, 2023 |
As a school child in the 1980’s, Lea Ypi learned the Communist slogans and a love for Uncle Hoxna (Enver Hoxha). But she noted there were puzzling aspects to her existence. Adults in her family talked of people ‘going to University’, but never coming back. And the ubiquitous portrait of Hoxna did not appear in her family’s home – when questioned, they always made excuses, such as saying they were waiting for the perfect frame before hanging it.

Student unrest grew and riots followed leading to a revolution in 1989 and the first multi-party elections in 1991.

Both of Lea’s parents tried to further Albania’s march toward Westernisation and the acceptance into the European Union and NATO. However, liberalization led to massive layoffs and unemployment. Western financial and peacekeeping forces seemed to add to the chaos. Many citizens lost fortunes in financial ponzi schemes which were often supported by the government.

I had shockingly little knowledge of Albania’s history when I started this book. I found this memoir of communism and the post communism era in Albania really interesting and often humorous.

Eventually the author moved to Italy where she studied philosophy. She is currently a professor of political theory at the London School of Economics.
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streamsong | 15 other reviews | Jul 6, 2023 |
absolutely brilliant, was shortlisted for the 2021 Costa Book Awards, and was the 2022 winner of the RSL Ondaatje Prize. and just missed out on the Baillie Gifford prize for nonfiction. I picked this up in London, both my husband and I read it and enjoyed it.
 
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bhowell | 15 other reviews | Mar 4, 2023 |

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Rating
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