A Prisoner of War's Story - Stratis Doukas

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Translated by Petro Alexiou
With an Afterword by Dimitris Tziovas

Smyrna, September 1922: A young Anatolian Greek is taken prisoner at the end of the Greek-Turkish war and marched off into the interior. He recounts his escape and heart-stopping journey through the familiar landscape of his lost homeland, where his ability to pass as a Muslim Turk reveals the common culture shared by the different communities of the crumbling Ottoman empire. A classic tale of survival in a time of nationalist conflict, A Prisoner of War's Story is a beautifully crafted and pithy narrative.

Affirming the common humanity of peoples, it earns its place among Europe's finest anti-war literature of the post-world war I period.

‘An arresting snapshot of the moment when the iron grid of nation states clanged down on one part of the Balkans. The translation is clean, accurate and a pleasure to read.’
Maria Margonis
—Times Literary Supplement

A Prisoner of War’s Story is a book of subtle and effective artistry, a history that captures the reader with ease and stays long within the memory.’
Kevin McGrath
—Harvard review

‘Doukas’ s powerful tale taps into the modernist tradition: spare, hard-nosed, and devoid of heroic passions in describing a man’s determination to survive.’
Tony Maniaty
—The Australian

Pages 96
Publication Date 2022
Publisher ΑΙΩΡΑ / AIORA
ISBN 9786185369668
Binding Paperback
Author Stratis Doukas
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