Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Sometimes a Fiction

Today I want to recommend a novel...which contains some interesting poetic inserts...but which is fascinating in its history. Louis de Bernières has written Bird Without Wings as a history of the period from 1900-1925 or so, centred in the upheavals between Greece and Turkey and the change from the Ottoman Empire under Kemal Atatürk, the First World War, the displacement of the Armenians, the Christian/Muslim conflagration, the destruction of Smyrna, the vilification of David Lloyd George...all woven within a story of a small town caught up by these upheavals. The characters become very familiar and the writing itself is exquisite. An astounding piece of historical fiction.


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