Book cover: FALSE APOCALYPSE-FROM STALINISM to CAPITALISM

Book cover: FALSE APOCALYPSE-FROM STALINISM to CAPITALISM

When and time: Wednesday, 15th October 2014 at 6pm – 7:30pm, Location: London School of Economics (LSE), Canada Blanch room, 1st floor, Cowdray House, WC2A 2AE

FALSE APOCALYPSE – FROM STALINISM to CAPITALISM

The Anglo-Albanian Association invites you to the Book Launch of “False Apocalypse” by Fatos Lubonja.

Speakers are Fatos Lubonja (the author) and John Hodgson (the translator).

The event will be chaired by Dr Joanna Hanson, Visiting Senior Fellow, LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe, London School of Economics.

It will be held at the London School of Economics on Wednesday 15th OCTOBER at 6.0-7.30pm. Venue: Canada Blanch Room, 1st floor, Cowdray House, LSE.

The event is supported by: Istros Books, English PEN, and the Anglo-Albanian Association.

There will be some refreshment, provided by the the Anglo-Albanian Association and by Istros Books.

Some information about False Apocalypse and about the author follows. Or you may be able to find some fuller information through the link at the end of this  email.

About the author:

Fatos Lubonja  is a writer and editor of the quarterly journal Përpjekja [Endeavor], representative of the Forum for Democracy, and a leading figure in Albania’s political life. At twenty-three, Lubonja was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for “agitation and propaganda” after police found his diaries, which contained criticisms of Hoxha. He was sentenced without trial and spent a total of 17 years in prison, much of it in solitary confinement, and was released in 1991.

This unique and disturbing work concerns the events of 1997, a tragic year in the history of post-communist Albania. After the world’s most isolated country emerged from Stalinist dictatorship and opened to capitalism, many people fell prey to fraudsters who invited them to invest in so-called ‘pyramid schemes’. At the start of 1997, these pyramids crumbled one after another causing wide-spead demonstrations and protests. The conflict became increasingly violent, leading to the collapse of the state and of the country’s institutions. Prisons were opened, crowds stormed arms depots, and the country was abandoned to anarchy and gang rule.

It may be possible for you to find more information via the link below:
http://www.lse.ac.uk/europeanInstitute/research/LSEE/Events/2014-2015/Book-Launch-False-Apocalypse-2014/Book-Launch-False%20Apocalypse.aspx