Louis de Bernieres
In Birds Without Wings, celebrated novelist Louis de Bernières creates a epic story of life in an Anatolian village in the late 19th and early 20th century; years of war.
We follow the destruction of the village as its Muslim inhabitants are enlisted in the Ottoman army for the World War I, whilst the Christians who want to fight as Ottomans are separated for labor camp duties.
A moving novel of the history of Anatolia's Greek and Turkish populations, and the War of Turkish Independence; Mustafa Kemal Atatürk features largely in the pages. The story is masterfully told through a series of 95 monologues, skillfully woven together to form a gripping tale.
Click here for Marion's full length review of Birds Without Wings that was published in Turkey's national English-language newspaper Sunday's Zaman.