Farewell to Salonica City at the Crossroads

ISBN-10: 1589880021

ISBN-13: 9781589880023

Edition: 2003

Authors: Leon Sciaky, Peter Sciaky

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At the crossroads of the Eastern and Western worlds, Salonica -- now Greece's third largest city Thessaloniki -- was an oasis in a desert of conflicting powers and interests. A Turkish territory until 1912, the city was an economic centre of the Ottoman empire and a cultural centre of Sephardic Judaism. In this memoir, Leon Sciaky, the son of a Sephardic merchant family who immigrated to Turkey during the Spanish Inquisition, tells of growing up in the vibrant community that flourished in Salonica at the turn of the century. He introduces the Turkish sheiks and dervishes, Sephardic rabbis, Hungarian revolutionaries, Bulgarian farmers, Greek priests, Kurdish grocers, Albanian woodcutters, and French headmasters who populated this little Balkan world. Although his early years were idyllic, Sciaky's well-respected merchant family could not escape the violence of Salonica's constant lesions and struggles. Situated amidst peoples of different languages, religions, cultures, and national allegiances, Salonica was like a vividly set stage in a drama where these very diverse peoples lived, in peace and strife, vying for power and prosperity.
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Paul Dry Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 299
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Leon Sciaky was born in 1894, when the Turkish flag still waved over Salonica. His family left their beloved but turbulent homeland in 1915, and settled in New York, where he lived until his death in 1958.

Publisher's Note
Prologue: The Minaret
Our House in Salonica
The Well
Gathering Clouds
My First School
The Drought
A Covenant with Death
The Messiah
Widening Horizons
Tillers of the Soil
Consulting Among Themselves
The Muezzin Calls No More
The Old Order Passeth
Leon Sciaky in America
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