Children of War (Paperback)
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Children of War (Paperback)

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Paperback 140 Pages / Published: 26/03/2020
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Hassanakis is a young Muslim boy of Turkish descent growing up on Crete during WWI. Fifteen generations of his family have lived on the island and until now he has never had any reason not to think he is a Cretan. But with the Great Powers tussling over the collapsing Ottoman Empire and the island's Christians in rebellion, an outbreak of ethnic violence forces his family to flee to the Cretan City of Chania. He begins to lay down roots and his snappy dress earns him the nickname of Hassan 'the mirror'. As WWI draws to a close and the Turkish War of Independence rages, he begins a heady romance with the elegant Husniye. There are rumors that the Cretan Muslims will be sent to Turkey but Hassanakis can't believe he will be sent to a country whose language he barely knows and where he knows no-one. This powerful novel drawn from the diary of a refugee family evokes the beauty, complexity and trauma of Crete's past and weaves it into a moving tale of an ordinary man living through extraordinary times.

Publisher: Neem Tree Press Limited
ISBN: 9781911107293
Number of pages: 140
Weight: 150 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 10 mm

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“Impactful and enlightening”

Yorulmaz has a wonderful and distinctive writing voice and solidly blends fact and fiction. He breathes life into words left by those marked by time and I love the use of the historical accounts that brings us this... More

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“A unique insight into life in Crete before the great migration”

This is a truly moving novel and a very good translation. It takes you back to the daily life of ordinary people who were coming to terms with the natinalist indentities that was imposed on them and their suffering as... More

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