Birds Without Wings
Louis de Bernières
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In his first novel since Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernières creates a world, populates it with characters as real as our best friends, and launches it into the maelstrom of twentieth-century history. The setting is a small village in southwestern Anatolia in the waning years of the Ottoman Empire. Everyone there speaks Turkish, though they write it in Greek letters. It’s a place that has room for a professional blasphemer; where a brokenhearted aga finds solace in the arms of a Circassian courtesan who isn’t Circassian at all; where a beautiful Christian girl named Philothei is engaged to a Muslim boy named Ibrahim. But all of this will change when Turkey enters the modern world. Epic in sweep, intoxicating in its sensual detail, Birds Without Wings is an enchantment.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Birds Without Wings Soars!
This is a bucket-list book. Beyond historical fiction, it is a masterpiece of literary storytelling. Several of its characters and locations are familiar to readers of (Captain) Corelli's Mandolin, as well as indirect references to Lawrence of Arabia and The Lost Patrol. de Bernieres is an author whose works will live well after our times have been long forgotten.