• Nostos

    Maath al-Alousi

    Despite the layer of a sweet sadness that is suspended over it, the city does not sleep at night...

  • Glafkos Clerides

    Niyazi Kizilyurek

    An intellectual journey in the modern political history of Cyprus.

  • Lovesong

    Afaf Zurayk

    An exquisite celebration of one of the deepest and strongest of human emotions.

  • Jerusalemites

    Dr Hazem Zaki Nusseibeh

    As a senior politician and diplomat, the lure of Jerusalem, the city of his birth, remained strong.

  • To Palestine with Love

    Najwa Kawar Farah

    Najwa Kawar Farah relates emotions of love and longing in this moving collection of poetry and paintings.

  • Threads of Identity

    Widad Kamel Kawar

    A record of 50 years Kawar spent researching, collecting and preserving part of the Palestinian heritage.

  • Palestinian Embroidery Motifs

    Margarita Skinner

    The tradition of embroidery is one of the great art forms of village life in Palestine.

  • Vanished

    Ahmed Masoud

    A fictional story set against the political unrest in Palestine, following a young boy trying to find his father.

  • Rue du Mexique

    Suhail Bulos

    From tales of surreptitious teenage romances in Jerusalem, to day-long curfews during the Lebanese civil war and a renegade rooster in Beirut.

 

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October 08, 1999

SUNJET MAGAZINE - Cyprus An Island Apart

Cyprus proved once more to be an inspirational island as the new books celebrate its history, people and beauty.

 

Cyprus an island apart by Seamus MacHugh is a personal account of the country and its people. The much travelled author lived and worked in for three years, from which the experiences and reflection which fill the book are drawn. From first impressions of the island as being more barren than an African savannah - perhaps not a good idea to arrive in at the height of summer - to getting to know the island its people, MacHugh remains both open-minded and keenly observant. Cyprus can seem a strange place to more Western eyes - MacHugh is originally from Ireland - and Cyprus An Island Apart amply demonstrates this before going on to make sense of it all.

 

The little details which MacHugh captures make the book a pleasantly entertaining read. Nothing seems to escape him, be it the difficulties of walking along a pavement in Nicosia - you have to negotiate parked cars, trees and cunningly placed advertising board - or the rituals of the coffee-shop.

 

MacHugh skillfully uses his temporary ex-pat status to explore the whole of , both north and south, and to combine the genres of travel writing, the guide book, history and anthropology. The result is a well balanced book - MacHugh knows how much history will help the reader, for example, and never strays into unnecessary detail. Indeed, Cyprus An Island Apart reads very much like an ideal guide to; the little oddities are explained and things you may have missed pointed out.

 

Review by Paul Stewart - SunJet Magazine
This article was published on Friday 08 October, 1999.

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