Ghosts of Smyrna, The

November 1, 2013|
Ghosts of Smyrna, The by Loren Edizel
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Aya Katerina, a neighbourhood in Ottoman Smyrna at the end of World War I. Through the eyes of Niko "the Orphan"-his Armenian father was taken away by the soldiers-we see this close world going about its traditional ways. But dark clouds loom in the near distance. We meet Elena, Niko's aunt and talented artist; his idiosyncratic uncle Polycarp, wiser than he pretends; Manolis the Greek doctor who loves her; Naz?m the Turkish journalist who also loves her; Niko's grandmother who holds the family together; and an assortment of neighbours of all backgrounds. As the War draws to a close, all these people await their fates as the Greek armies invade from the west and are fought back by the forces of Ataturk from the east. A story of love under impossible circumstances and a novel about growing up, this is also an account about a people, a neighbourhood, and a legendary city caught up by forces beyond their control. Aya Katerina goes up in smoke. Quiet and understated, colourful and intensely moving, this is a memorial to a charmed city now lost.

Loren Edizel was born in Izmir, Turkey. Her other works include the novel The Ghosts of Smyrna (Mawenzi, 2013) and several stories, including "The Conch," which appeared in Turkish translation in the anthology Izmir in Women's Stories (Kad?n Öykülerinde Izmir). She lives in Toronto.
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Title:Ghosts of Smyrna, The
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:216 pages, 8.77 X 5.81 X 0.53 in
Shipping dimensions:216 pages, 8.77 X 5.81 X 0.53 in
Published:November 1, 2013
Publisher:Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781927494226

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