A wonderfully textured book by the prize-winning author Niki Marangou
From Famagusta to Vienna is set in the turbulent world of pre-World War II Europe and Egypt.
In the 1920s, a young man from the sleepy town of Famagusta, Cyprus, sets off to study medicine in Vienna. Dazzled by the European way of life, as well as its music and science, George falls in love with an older Jewish woman as he bears witness to the rise of fascism.
George returns to Cyprus in 1940. A beautiful Greek woman named Kate becomes his assistant at work, and he is charmed by her. He does not want to get attached, however, so he sends her off to Alexandria, Egypt, where she lives through the "golden years" of the Greek community in Alexandria during the reign of King Farouk.
"In Niki Marangou's world," writes critic Alexis Zeras, "Eastern listlessness coexists with sensuality and the brilliant intellectuality of Western tradition."
From Famagusta to Vienna has been translated into German, Rumanian, Bulgarian, Arabic and Turkish.
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