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  • Published: 1 June 2005
  • ISBN: 9780099478980
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 640
  • RRP: $19.99

Birds Without Wings

'Captivating and compelling. A masterpiece' Independent on Sunday

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

  • Pub date: 1 June 2005
  • ISBN: 9780099478980
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 640
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Louis de Bernieres

Louis de Bernières is the bestselling author of Captain Corellis Mandolin, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Best Book in 1995. His most recent books are The Dust That Falls From Dreams, Birds Without Wings and A Partisans Daughter, a collection of stories, Notwithstanding, and two collections of poetry, Imagining Alexandria and Of Love and Desire.

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Praise for Birds Without Wings

“A more ambitious novel than Captain Corelli, and a better one”

Financial Times

“A mesmerising patchwork of horror, humour and humanity”


“A magnificent, poetic, colossal novel... Superbly written... It is, in every sense, a sublime book”

Irish Times

“His most serious and ambitious achievement to date”

Times Literary Supplement

“Pleasurable... Like Steinbeck, de Bernières deserves praise for his imaginative sympathy”

Independent on Sunday

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