Lea Ypi

Lea Ypi

Lea Ypi is Professor in Political Theory at LSE and Adjunct Associate Professor in Philosophy at Australian National University. ‘Free: Coming of Age at the End of History’ was the Sunday Times Memoir of the Year, Radio 4 Book of the Week, shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award & the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction and chosen as a book of the year by the Guardian, Financial Times, Sunday Times, TLS, Daily Mail, New Statesman and Spectator.

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  1. 23. FREE: COMING OF AGE AT THE END OF HISTORY - GROWING UP IN COMMUNIST ALBANIA
    23. FREE: COMING OF AGE AT THE END OF HISTORY - GROWING UP IN COMMUNIST ALBANIA

    Lea Ypi grew up in one of the most isolated countries on earth, a place of queuing and scarcity, of political executions and secret police. Albania, the last Stalinist outpost in Europe, was almost impossible to visit, almost impossible to leave but there remained community and hope. Then, in December 1990, everything changed: people could vote freely, wear what they liked and worship as they wished. But factories shut, jobs disappeared, and thousands fled to Italy on crowded ships, only to be sent back. Predatory pyramid schemes eventually bankrupted the country, leading to violent conflict. With acute insight, Lea Ypi will trace the limits of progress and the burden of the past, while questioning what freedom really means. It has just been announced that she is the winner of the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje prize for her book on the subject.

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