Birds Without Wings

ISBN-10: 1400043417

ISBN-13: 9781400043415

Edition: 2004

Authors: Louis de Berni�res

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Louis de Bernières’s last novel, Corelli’s Mandolin, was met with the highest praise: “Behind every page,” said Richard Russo, “we sense its author’s intelligence, wit, heart, imagination, and wisdom. This is a great book.” A. S. Byatt placed the author in “the direct line that runs through Dickens and Evelyn Waugh.” Now, de Bernières gives us his long-awaited new novel. Huge, resonant, lyrical, filled with humor and pathos, a novel about the political and personal costs of war, and of love–between men and women, between friends, between those who are driven to be enemies. It is the story of a small coastal town in South West Anatolia in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire told in the richly varied voices of the people–Christians and Muslims of Turkish and Greek and Armenian descent–whose lives are rooted there, intertwined for untold years. There is Iskander, the potter and local font of proverbial wisdom; Karatavuk–Iskander’s son–and Mehmetçik, childhood friends whose playground stretches across the hills above the town, where Mehmetçik teaches the illiterate Karatavuk to write Turkish in Greek letters. There are Father Kristoforos and Abdulhamid Hodja, holy men of different faiths who greet each other as “Infidel Efendi”; Rustem Bey, the landlord and protector of the town, whose wife is stoned for the sin of adultery. There is a man known as “the Dog” because of his hideous aspect, who lives among the Lycian tombs; and another known as “the Blasphemer,” who wanders the town cursing God and all of his representatives of all faiths. And there is Philothei, the Christian girl of legendary beauty, courted from infancy by Ibrahim the goatherd–a great love that culminates in tragedy and madness. But Birds Without Wings is also the story of Mustafa Kemal, whose military genius will lead him to victory against the invading Western European forces of the Great War and a reshaping of the whole region. When the young men of the town are conscripted, we follow Karatavuk to Gallipoli, where the intimate brutality of battle robs him of all innocence. And in the town he left behind, we see how the twin scourges of fanatical religion and nationalism unleashed by the war quickly, and irreversibly, destroy the fabric of centuries-old peace. Epic in its narrative sweep–steeped in historical fact–yet profoundly humane and dazzlingly evocative in its emotional and sensual detail, Birds Without Wings is a triumph.
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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/24/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 576
Size: 6.75" wide x 10.00" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

Louis de Berni�res was born on December 8, 1954, in England to a military family. He spent four months in the British army in his late teens. When he was nineteen, he spent a year in Colombia where he wrote a short story about a true incident of violence that occurred there. Fifteen years later, while recuperating from a motorcycle accident, de Berni�res used that short story as the basis for the first volume of his Latin American Trilogy, The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts, Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord, and The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman. In the 1980s, de Berni�res worked as an auto mechanic and then as a supply teacher in London. In 1993 he took a holiday on the Greek island of Cephallonia. That became the setting for Captain Correlli's Mandolin, a novel of war, love, and heroism, which remained on the (London) Times bestseller list for four years. It has sold more than 600,000 copies, has been reprinted in paperback more than thirty times, and has been translated into more than seventeen languages.The book also won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book. It was also shortlisted for the 1994 Sunday Express Book of the Year. De Berni�res was named one of Granta's 20 Best British Novelists in 1993, and Author of the Year 1998 by England's Publishing News.

The Prologue of Iskander the Potter
Iskander the Potter Remembers the Birth of Philothei
Mustafa Kemal (1)
i am philothei (1)
Exiled in Cephalonia, Drosoula Remembers Philothei
Mustafa Kemal(2)
The Dog
I Am Philothei (2)
Mustafa Kemal (3)
How Karatavuk and Mehmetcik Came to Be Called Karatavuk and Mehmetcik
Ibrahim Gives Philothei a Goldfinch
The Proof of Innocence (1)
The Proof of Innocence (2): A Bad Start
The Proof of Innocence (3): Mariora Returns to the Light
The Proof of Innocence (4): The Message to Mariora
Mustafa Kemal, Infantry Lieutenant 1474 (4)
Of Reading and Writing
I Am Philothei (3)
The Telltale Shoes
Mustafa Kemal (5)
I Am Philothei (4)
Ayse Remembers Tamara
Tamara's Refuge
I Am Philothei (5)
Tales from the Journey to Smyrna
Mustafa Kemal (6)
The Tyranny of Honour
The Humiliation of Levon the Armenian
I Am Philothei (6)
Mustafa Kemal, His Own Policeman (7)
The Circassian Mistress (1)
The Circassian Mistress (2)
The Circassian Mistress (3)
Rustem Bey and Leyla Hanim
I Am Philothei (7)
A Cure for Toothache
Mustafa Kemal (8)
Exiled in Cephalonia, Drosoula Remembers Leyla and Philothei
The Seduction of Rustem Bey
The Veiling of Philothei
An Embarrassing Question
Mustafa Kemal (9)
I Am Philothei (8)
In Which a Playful Conversation Takes a Bad Turn
The Humiliation of Daskalos Leonidas
Mustafa Kemal (10)
I Am Philothei (9)
Of Righteousness and Wrongdoing
Mustafa Kemal (11)
The Exchange
The Sadness of Rustem Bey
A Small Act of Kindness
The Removal
Mustafa Kemal (12)
The Letter from Karatavuk
Karatavuk at Gallipoli: Karatavuk Remembers (1)
Karatavuk at Gallipoli: Karatavuk Remembers (2)
Karatavuk at Gallipoli: Karatavuk Remembers (3)
Mustafa Kemal (13)
I Am Philothei (10)
The Letter to Karatavuk
Karatavuk at Gallipoli: Karatavuk Remembers (4)
Mustafa Kemal (14)
Karatavuk at Gallipoli: Karatavuk Remembers (5)
Karatavuk at Gallipoli: Fikret and the Goat (6)
Karatavuk at Gallipoli: The Death of Fikret (7)
Mustafa Kemal (15)
Karatavuk at Gallipoli: The End of the Campaign (8)
Tamara Receives a Visitor
The Death of Abdulhamid Hodja
Mustafa Kemal (16)
I Am Philothei (11)
Lieutenant Granitola's Occupation (1)
Mustafa Kemal (17)
Lieutenant Granitola's Occupation (2)
I Am Philothei (12)
Mustafa Kemal (18)
I Am Philothei (13)
Mustafa Kemal (19)
Fritz and Moritz Accidentally Change History
Mustafa Kemal (20)
Lieutenant Granitola Takes His Leave
Mustafa Kemal (21)
I Am Georgio P. Theodorou
Mustafa Kemal (22)
I Am Philothei (14)
I Am Philothei (15)
Leyla Hanim's Letter to Rustem Bey
Exiled in Cephalonia, Drosoula Remembers the Death of Philothei
I Am Ayse
I Am Ibrahim
Drosoula Remembers the Voyage into Exile
The Wounding of Karatavuk
What the New Imam Did
I Am Karatavuk
The Epilogue of Iskander the Potter
Mehmet the Tinsman and the New Copper Dish
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