From the international bestselling author of Last Train to Istanbul comes a novel based on true events that explores the depths of pride, devotion, and persistence as four generations of a family struggle to forge their destinies.As Hitlers reign of terror begins to loom large over Germany, Gerhard and Elsa Schliemannlike other German Jewsmust flee with their children in search of sanctuary. But life elsewhere in Europe offers few opportunities for medical professor Gerhard and his fellow scientists. Then they discover an unexpected haven in Turkey, where universities and hospitals welcome them as valuable assets.But despite embracing their adopted land, personal and political troubles persist. Military coups bring unrest and uncertainty to the country, intermarriage challenges the cultural identity of Gerhard and Elsas descendants, and anti-Semitism once again threatens their future in the place they call home.From World War II to the age of social media, one familys generations find ...
|Title||:||Without a Country|
|Number of Pages||:||316 pages|
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Without a Country Reviews
Belgesel gibi bir roman. Hızlı okunuyor, sürükleyici. Daha çok olayları takip ediyoruz. Temposu yüksek, olaylar hızlı akıyor. Hele son yüz sayfa, yakın dönem siyasi tarihimizin hızlı bir özeti. Roman karakterleri çok ön planda değil bence. Siyasi, sosyal, kültürel değerlendirmeler yapılmış; yaygın, yerleşik bazı toplumsal değer yargılarımız sergilenmiş.
This novel resonates with what is taking place in many parts of the world today. Based on the true story of highly educated German Jews fleeing Nazi Germany, many were welcomed under Ataturk's education policy of trying to recruit the best minds to the new universaties, hospitals, and cutural intstitutions of the Republic. Many resettled in Turkey after the war yet the question of identy proves to be a difficult one, especially for the next generation. Are they first and foremost Jewish, do they ...more
1930 lardan günümüze kronolojik sıra ile meydana gelmiş siyasi/toplumsal olayların herbirinden bahsedicem diye zorlama yazılmış bir roman.
By the early 1930s, Gerhard Schliemann knows that his family is no longer safe living in Germany because they are Jewish. He eventually finds employment in Turkey and soon his wife and two children join him and attempt to adapt to life in their new country. This is a historical fiction book that not only follows generations of a family from the 1930s to present day but also the country of Turkey as it undergoes massive changes throughout the years.
What really drew me into the book was the settin ...more
This was my choice for the Amazon Prime 'free' book for June and I chose it because I'd previously read 'Rose of Sarajevo' by the same author and recognised the name. Unfortunately I found the book rather disappointing. It's a four generation 'saga' that tracks the evolution of a family in Istanbul. The first generation were a Jewish academic and his family, fleeing from the Nazis to help Ataturk set up universities in Turkey. The second generation focuses on German-born but Turkish naturalised ...more
Very well written
This book was very well written. It kept me wanting to continue to read it. Historical fiction seems to be my favorite genre, because I learn at the same time as I’m entertained. This book covered at least 4 generations of one family’s struggle with finding a country which would tolerate all nationalities, as their family blended with the people around them. The only reason it did not receive 5 stars was because, in my opinion, the author could have stopped before the last gene ...more
I’ll be honest: I was intrigued, then bored, then interested, then bored, then bored again, then suddenly intrigued, heartbroken, sympathetic and empathetic. The journey through 4 generations of Jews from WWII to religious terrorist groups was poignant to say the least. The character development was completely between the lines, but as the story wound down, I realized how attached I’d become to the characters. This one will cause me a lot of thought for the next several days.
I openly admit defeat on this book, and I’ve given up half way through. It’s not a part of history I know much about and I was looking forward to learning more. However the characters are poorly developed to a point whereby as a reader you just don’t care about them. The story jumps a lot, just as you get into a certain part it halts abruptly and restarts a few years later.
Hence there just isn’t enough substance to hold my attention.