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Birds Without Wings

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Set against the background of the collapsing Ottoman Empire, the Gallipoli campaign, and the subsequent bitter struggle between Greeks and Turks, 'Birds Without Wings' traces the fortunes of one small community in south-west Anatolia, a community in which Christian and Muslim lives and traditions have co-existed peacefully over centuries and in which friendship, even love, can transcend religious differences. Amongst the inhabitants of this picturesque coastal town are Iskander the Potter, fount of proverbial wisdom, Philothei, a Christian girl of legendary beauty who is courted almost from infancy by Ibrahim the Goatherd, their great love culminating in madness and tragedy, Karatavuk and Mehmetcik, childhood friends who play in the hills above the town, the two holy men of different faiths, Father Kristoforos and Abdulhamid Hodja, and the landlord Rustem Bey, who journeys to Istanbul in search of a Circassian mistress. And beyond the confines of the town there is Mustafa Kemal, the man of destiny, who by virtue of military genius and sheer bloody-mindedness reshapes the whole region in his image. When war is declared against the Allies the young men are sent to fight. As the great world intrudes, the twin scourges of religion and nationalism lead to forced marches and massacres. Hunger grips the town, and the peaceful fabric of life is destroyed.

Book Details

Hardback with Dustjacket

First (UK) Edition

Published in 2004

ISBN: 9780436205491

Condition Ratings

Book is Very Good. Minimal shelf wear.

Dustjacket is Very Good. Light shelf wear.

Slipcase condition is N/A

Book Details

Hardback with Dustjacket

First (UK) Edition

Published in 2004

ISBN: 9780436205491

Condition Ratings

Book is Very Good. Minimal shelf wear.

Dustjacket is Very Good. Light shelf wear.

Slipcase condition is N/A

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