Is Albania Safe for Tourists — and Why Bother?

September 2002

Albanians are still seething about the travel book "The Accursed Mountains", written by Robert Carver who visited in 1996. From the end of the Second World War Albania was isolated from the mainstream of European culture for fifty years and Carver's book is a terrifying account of a bankrupt, lawless country devoid of infrastructure, riven by blood feuds, and oppressed by a thoroughly corrupt police force.

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