Birds Without Wings tells of the inhabitants of a small coastal town in South West Anatolia in the dying days of the Ottoman empire: Iskander the Potter and fount of proverbial wisdom; Philothei, a Christian girl of legendary beauty who is courted almost from infancy by Ibrahim the Goatherd, their great love culminating in tragedy and madness; Karatavuk and Mehmet-ik, childhood friends who play in the hills above the town, Mehmet-ik teaching the illiterate Karatavuk how to write Turkish in Greek letters; the two holy men of different faiths, Father Kristoforos and Abdulhamid Hodja, who greet each other with the words 'infidel efendi'; the landlord Rustem Bey, his wife's adultery and stoning, and his journey to Istanbul in search of a Circassian mistress. It tells also of Mustafa Kemal, the man of destiny, who by virtue of military genius and sheer bloody-mindedness defeats the Franks and reshapes the whole region in his image. When jihad is declared against the Allies the young men of the town are sent to war. Karatavuk soon finds himself at Gallipoli where he experiences the intimate brutality of trench warfare, the loss of many comrades and of his own innocence. As the great world intrudes, the twin scourges of religion and nationalism lead to forced marches and massacres, hunger grips the town and the peaceful fabric of life is destroyed. Epic, yet profoundly humane, Birds Without Wings is a glorious novel by one of our finest and best-loved novelists.
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"I loved its rich, relaxed humanism and was much moved by this expa nsive tale" ( Boyd Tonkin, Independent)
"it draws a big dramatic canvas embellished with jihad and passion, religion and nationalism, and of course, lots of love" ( Katherine Sale, Financial Times)
A glorious tale from the author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, set at a time when the modern world was just beginning to define itself.
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Book Description Vintage. 1 Paperback(s), 2004. soft. Book Condition: New. (Finalist for the 2004 Whitbread Novel Award and the 2005 Commonwealth Writers Prize) In a small Anatolian village, early in the 20th century, Philothei, a Christian girl of legendary beauty, has been courted almost from infancy by Ibrahim the Goatherd, while her brother Mehmetçik teaches his best friend Karatavuk how to write Turkish in Greek letters, and Karatavuk's father Iskandar makes pots and invents proverbs. But the Ottoman Empire is collapsing, and even this peaceful place, where Greeks and Turks, Christians and Muslims, have lived and worked together for centuries, will succumb to the wrenching spasms of religion and nationalism born in the wake of the Great War and the rise of Kemal Atatürk. As he did in Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernières traces the seismic shifts of nations through the lives and relationships of those caught in their tumult. 625. Bookseller Inventory # 63088
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Book Description 2014. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 110mm x 178mm x 33mm. Paperback. Set against the backdrop of the collapsing Ottoman Empire, the Gallipoli campaign and the subsequent bitter struggle between Greeks and Turks, Birds Without Wings traces the f.Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 640 pages. 0.350. Bookseller Inventory # 9780099597643