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You can help by adding to it. April The pace of the book is languid, even slow. The Battle of Gallipoli takes place halfway through the novel.

The book is written from several different points of view. Chapter by chapter the first person account is from the perspective of Dorsoula, or Ibrahim, or Ayse, or one of many other characters including a wealthy merchant based in Smyrna now Izmir. All points of view are credible, even insightful at times. Married to Gerasimos the fisherman. Iskander the Potter — Father of Karatavuk and maker of proverbs. He is also the youngest son of Iskander the Potter. After returning home, he loses his right arm when his father unknowingly shoots him.

His real name is Nicos. Wife of Charitos. Good friends with Ayse. Once a thriving Greek village, this town of over one thousand houses, two churches, fourteen chapels, and two schools, was completely deserted in when the Greek inhabitants living there, along with a vast number of Greeks living throughout Turkey were deported to Greece through a massive government mandated population exchange between the two countries following the Turkish war of independence.

Historically, Turks and Greeks had lived together in this region for centuries, the Turks as farmers in the Kaya valley and the Greeks living on the hillside dealing in crafts and trades. A Greek presence in this region goes back for centuries. Since then, the village of Kayakoy, as it is called in Turkish, or Karmylassos, as it was called in Greek, which had been continually inhabited since at least the 13th century, has stood empty and crumbling, with only the breeze from the mountains and mist from the sea blowing through its empty houses and streets.

Attempts by the Turkish government to get Turks deported from Greece to inhabit the village failed, and eventually, in the s, the roofs of all the houses were removed.


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Buy Birds Without Wings at Amazon. But towns still tumble down hills near the sea; there are similar olives and goats and scents of wild thyme. And the new book is also preoccupied by communities turned against each other, with decent people uprooted and destabilised by war and seeing their sense of themselves slipping away; with small acts of heroism in the face of heedless, grinding history. But he thinks that Birds Without Wings is probably a better novel, and he could well be right. The inside is a clutter of books and musical instruments, old washing-up, bits of paper and the odd item of clothing. There are rooms that look as if the furniture might well have been thrown in and just left to land. He speaks in a slightly breathy voice with a faint twang of south London, which presumably dates from the decade or so he spent teaching in schools there.


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Biography[ edit ] Louis H. He was educated at Bradfield College and joined the army when he was 18, but left after four months of the officer training course at Sandhurst. Before he began to write full-time he held a wide variety of jobs, including being a mechanic, a motorcycle messenger and an English teacher in Colombia. He now lives near Bungay in Suffolk. He has never married.

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