The Geckos of Bellapais: Memories of Cyprus by Joachim SartoriusThe Geckos of Bellapais: Memories of Cyprus by Joachim Sartorius

The Geckos of Bellapais: Memories of Cyprus

byJoachim Sartorius

Hardcover | February 15, 2015

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The history of Cyprus offers a reflection of larger world history. Coveted by a succession of foreign powers, it has been repeatedly occupied: the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, crusaders, Venetians, Genoese, Ottomans, and British have all left their mark on this Mediterranean island. Alongside the Roman and early Byzantine ruins of Salamis, other impressive monuments date from the Frankish and Venetian times, including the Abbey of Bellapais; the fortified harbor of Kyrenia; the magnificent cathedrals of Nicosia; and Famagusta, the setting for Shakespeare’s Othello.

In The Geckos of Bellapais, Joachim Sartorius shares the cultures and legends, colors and lights of the Levant. He explores the island’s history—including its division after the Turkish invasion of 1974 and the difficulties that followed. A revealing exploration of Cyprus after the Turkish partition and an evocative account of one poet’s life on one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean, this book belongs among the world’s best travel writing.
Joachim Sartorius has served as a diplomat to New York, Istanbul, Prague, and Nicosia. Currently, he holds a professorship at the Berlin University of the Arts, where he teaches cultural theory. Stephen Brown is a playwright, translator, and cultural critic. His translations from German include Sartorius’s The Princes’ Islands: Istanbu...
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Title:The Geckos of Bellapais: Memories of CyprusFormat:HardcoverDimensions:178 pages, 8.25 × 4.5 × 0.7 inPublished:February 15, 2015Publisher:Haus PublishingLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

The Geckos of Bellapais
Three Poems by Niki Marangou
Three Poems by Joachim Sartorius
Acknowledgements
A note on place names
Selected reading
 

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“A ravishing account of the enchantment of a poet by the landscape, the light and the people of this archipelago. [Sartorius] rekindles in us the wish to buy a ticket at once and embark for the islands.”