Nicosia Beyond Barriers

Nicosia Beyond Barriers

Voices from a Divided City

Edited by Alev Adil, Aydin Mehmet Ali, Bahriye Kemal and Maria Petrides

Published by: Saqi Books

256 pages, 5.40 x 8.50 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780863566745
  • Published: January 2020


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Cyprus’ capital Nicosia has been split by a militarized border for decades. In this collection, writers from all sides of the divide re-imagine the past, present and future of their city. Here, Cypriot-Greeks coexist alongside Cypriot-Turks, the north with the south, town with countryside, dominant voices with the marginalized. This is a city of endless possibilities – a place where an anthropologist from London and a talkative Marxist are hunted by a gunman in the Forbidden zone; where a romance between two aspiring Tango dancers falls victim to Nicosia’s time difference; and where an artist finds his workplace on a rooftop, where he paints a horizon disturbed only by birds. Together, these writers journey beyond the beaten track creating a complete picture of Nicosia, the world’s last divided capital city, that defies barriers of all kinds.