Birds Without Wings

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Random House, Nov 30, 2011 - Fiction - 640 pages
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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 fortunes of one small community in south-west Anatolia - a town in which Christian and Muslim lives and traditions have co-existed peacefully for centuries.

When war is declared and the outside world intrudes, the twin scourges of religion and nationalism lead to forced marches and massacres, and the peaceful fabric of life is destroyed. Birds Without Wings is a novel about the personal and political costs of war, and about love: between men and women; between friends; between those who are driven to be enemies; and between Philothei, a Christian girl of legendary beauty, and Ibrahim the Goatherd, who has courted her since infancy. Epic in sweep, intoxicating in its sensual detail, it is an enchanting masterpiece.

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In the ten years since his international best seller Corelli's Mandolin , English novelist de Bernires has truly steeped himself in the culture and history of southwestern Turkey. The result is an ... Read full review

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One of the most touching and thoughtful novels of our time. Vast and sweeping in visiom and yet deeply, beautifully personal, it seems a shame to me that De Bernières should be better known for Corelli's Mandolin than this, his masterpiece.

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About the author (2011)

Louis de Bernières is the best-selling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin. His most recent novels are Birds Without Wings and A Partisan's Daughter.

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