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The Ghosts of Smyrna

Loren Edizel

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.”
Herizons

Loren Edizel was born in Izmir, Turkey. Her other works include the novel Adrift (TSAR, 2011) and several stories, including “The Conch,” which appeared in Turkish translation in the anthology Izmir in Women’s Stories (Kadın Öykülerinde Izmir).The Ghosts of Smyrna was published as Izmir Hayaletleri in Turkey in 2008 by Senocak Yayinlari (trans. Roza Hakmen). She lives in Toronto.  
   
Also by Loren Edizel:
  Adrift (2011)
  novel
  paperback; $20.95
  More
 

Novel
Paperback ISBN:  978-1-927494-22-6
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eBook ISBN:  978-1-927494-37-0  (EPUB)
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216 pages
Publication Date:  October 2013

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