Cloth $22.95 ISBN: 9781907973918 Published February 2015 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
E-book $14.95 ISBN: 9781907973925 Will Publish February 2015

The Geckos of Bellapais

Memories of Cyprus

Joachim Sartorius

The Geckos of Bellapais
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Joachim Sartorius

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Translated by Stephen Brown
178 pages | 4 1/2 x 8 1/4 | © 2013  
Cloth $22.95 ISBN: 9781907973918 Published February 2015 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
E-book $14.95 ISBN: 9781907973925 Will Publish February 2015
The history of Cyprus offers a reflection of larger world history. Coveted by a succession of foreign powers, it has been repeatedly occupied: the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, crusaders, Venetians, Genoese, Ottomans, and British have all left their mark on this Mediterranean island. Alongside the Roman and early Byzantine ruins of Salamis, other impressive monuments date from the Frankish and Venetian times, including the Abbey of Bellapais; the fortified harbor of Kyrenia; the magnificent cathedrals of Nicosia; and Famagusta, the setting for Shakespeare’s Othello.

In The Geckos of Bellapais, Joachim Sartorius shares the cultures and legends, colors and lights of the Levant. He explores the island’s history—including its division after the Turkish invasion of 1974 and the difficulties that followed. A revealing exploration of Cyprus after the Turkish partition and an evocative account of one poet’s life on one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean, this book belongs among the world’s best travel writing.
Times Literary Supplement
“[A] delightful book. . . . Sartorius travels genially and wisely, observing, talking, recording the table talk at dinner parties apparently verbatim, and making friends with leading figures in the island’s life, particularly artists.”
Orhan Pamuk, on The Princes’ Islands: Istanbul’s Archipelago
“A ravishing account of the enchantment of a poet by the landscape, the light and the people of this archipelago. [Sartorius] rekindles in us the wish to buy a ticket at once and embark for the islands.”
Contents
The Geckos of Bellapais
Three Poems by Niki Marangou
Three Poems by Joachim Sartorius
Acknowledgements
A note on place names
Selected reading
 
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