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'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

Reviews

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

Financial Times

A mesmerising patchwork of horror, humour and humanity

Independent

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

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    9781448113828

    November 30, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    640 pages

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    9780099478980

    June 1, 2005

    Vintage

    640 pages

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