Birds Without Wings

By Louis de Bernieres
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9781400079322, 553pp.)

Publication Date: June 28, 2005

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Winter 2011 Reading Group List
“De Bernieres brings his readers into the life of a small Turkish village whose fictional characters become so real that when the tides of war, revolution, and forced movements of ethnic populations wash over it, we feel that our family and friends are being destroyed. As the Ottoman Empire crumbles and Turkey struggles to create a nation, the villagers do become 'birds without wings' who cannot escape the whirlwind that international politics, nationalism, and an intensification of religious bigotry brings down upon a small relatively peaceful community where Armenians, Muslims, and Christians have co-existed for centuries. This is important reading for our time as we create our own whirlwind in the Middle East.”
-- Marian Nielsen, Orinda Books, Orinda, CA

In his first novel since Corelli's Mandolin," " Louis de Bernieres 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.

About the Author
Louis de Bernieres is the bestselling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize Best Book in 1995. His most recent novel is Birds Without Wings.
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