The Ghosts of Smyrna
|As World War I
draws to a close, Aya Katerina,
a neighbourhood in Ottoman Smyrna, quietly awaits its fate
and goes about its centuries-old ways.
We meet Niko "the Orphan"—his Armenian father
was taken away by the soldiers—and a host of other
characters. Elena, Niko’s aunt and talented artist;
his idiosyncratic uncle Polycarp, wiser than he pretends;
Manolis the Greek doctor who loves Elena; Nazım the Turkish
journalist who also loves her; Niko’s grandmother who holds
the family together; and an assortment of neighbours. As the War
ends, ancient animosities erupt, and the city is caught up
in a violent Greek-Turkish conflict. Aya Katerina goes up in
smoke. This is a story about impossible love and a novel
about growing up. Quiet
and understated, colourful and intensely moving, this is a
memorial to a charmed city now lost.
"An absorbing read. The Ghosts of Smyrna is a wonderful foray into cultural history, a masterful interweaving of large-scale political events and the minute particulars of daily life."
—Morris Berman, author of Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire
Praise for Loren Edizel’s Adrift :
“Adrift pushes at the limits of possibility by asking the reader to accept the impossible…In so doing, it reveals a reality of a higher order, a plane of existence upon which all of us are connected, however alienated our experience of the world might be. Like a Murakami novel, Adrift mixes the spectacular with the mundane to highlight the wondrous qualities of ordinary reality.”
—Maple Tree Literary Supplement
“Adrift is a soulful read with a brand of acceptance that is uncommon in an era of intolerance.”
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-927494-22-6
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Publication Date: October 2013
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