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
The problem with this novel is that it’s just too ambitious. To encapsulate the entire history of modern Turkey – from 1933 to the present – through the story of four generations of one family covers too much ground and involves too many characters, leading to a lack of depth in the characterisation and a rather bewildering gallop through a complex era full of incident. The author tackles a lot of weighty themes – identity, nationality, culture, loyalty, anti-Semitism, Jewishness and so on - but ...more
1930lardan bugune Turkiye'yi etkileyen olaylari anlatmak ugruna bir cok faktoru es gecen roman. Karakterler gecit toreni yapiyor kitap boyunca, ne kisilikleri derinlemesine tanima imkani duyuyoruz ne de anlatim edebi bir tat birakiyor. Kurgu da, anafikir de, karakterler de yuzeysel olmaktan ote gidemiyor
30'lardan günümüze Türkiye ve Yahudilere uygulanan zulmün tarihinin 380 sayfaya sıkıştırılmış biraz hızlı bir özeti olmuş. Bu durum insanı yorsa da başımızdan geçen büyük ölçekli musibetlerin hatırlatması gibi... Bunun dışında farklı kuşaklardan kadınlar arasındaki bağlantılar ve yaşanmışlıklar güzel kurgulanmış. Eleştirmek istediğim bir nokta kitabın birkaç yerinde mantık ve yazım hatalarının olmasıydı ki Ayşe Kulin gibi önemli bir yazar için üzücü bir durum bence. Kısaca kolay okunan ve bilgil ...more
Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres, especially stories where Jews and the Nazis are concerned. This book was a little different to many stories that i have read, mainly due to the family making Turkey their home after fleeing Germany. This was a very enjoyable book and the further i read, the quicker i was turning the pages. I am not going to write about the story, as i do prefer one to read the book for themselves, but i do recommend this wonderful saga.
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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
This family saga begins as a German pathologist learns that he must leave Berlin immediately: Hitler is beginning to round up Jews. He and his family eventually relocate to Turkey, where he is instrumental in bringing other displaced Jewish doctors and scientists to staff the new Istanbul University. He and his daughter begin the assimilation process by learning Turkish, while his wife and son continue to see themselves as German. This story of life in exile recounts how different people react t ...more
1930 lardan günümüze kronolojik sıra ile meydana gelmiş siyasi/toplumsal olayların herbirinden bahsedicem diye zorlama yazılmış bir roman.
2.5 stars for this book. I really enjoy books set in the 1930s. This one was a little different then I was expecting it to be. There was a lot of history about Turkey which was a little slow reading for me. But I liked all the generations that I got to read about. Was wishing for a little more at the end. Left it open ended which I didn't like all that much.