Yok Canim by Dimitris Tsalidis tells the story of a Greek family in Constantinople, from the beginning of the twentieth century until the upheavals of 1955 and the expulsion of Greeks from the city in 1964. His characters are lively, the plot moves rapidly, and the tale is unencumbered by ideologies and national stereotypes.
The heroine is a true woman of the people, who acts with all the strength and wisdom of her class.
The narrator offers a lavish portrayal of the landscapes, sites and locations of Constantinople, a city he knows inside out.
This is not a record of customs and manners, nor is there any attempt to compose a compendium of folklore. The life of the characters is replete with rhythm and color, as great changes start to take place around them, but while historical events stir and loom in the background, they never dominate the action.
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