Birds Without Wings

Birds Without Wings

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 04/07/2005
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Birds Without Wings
Incredibly moving
This novel is beautifully written, heartbreaking but also uplifting a must read.
Elaine Waterstones Trowbridge


Set against the backdrop of the collapsing Ottoman Empire, Birds Without Wings traces the fortunes of one small community in south-west Anatolia - a town in which Christian and Muslim lives and traditions have co-existed peacefully for centuries.

When war is declared and the outside world intrudes, the twin scourges of religion and nationalism lead to forced marches and massacres, and the peaceful fabric of life is destroyed. Birds Without Wings is a novel about the personal and political costs of war, and about love: between men and women; between friends; between those who are driven to be enemies; and between Philothei, a Christian girl of legendary beauty, and Ibrahim the Goatherd, who has courted her since infancy. Epic in sweep, intoxicating in its sensual detail, it is an enchanting masterpiece.

'A mesmerising patchwork of horror, humour and humanity' Independent

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780099478980
  • Number of pages: 640
  • Weight: 461g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 32 mm

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Birds Without Wings
I'm not sure whether L de B wanted to write a novel or a history of the break-up of the Ottoman Empire. In the event he tried, not altogether successfully... READ MORE
Birds Without Wings
Frustrating: an extremely good book and a bad one mashed together
This is a very frustrating book to read, and to review. The problem is that de Bèrnieres' ability is wonderful: he can turn the extraordinary and unfamili... READ MORE
Seb Thirlway