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Des oiseaux sans ailes (2004)

par Louis De Bernières

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Birds Without Wingstraces the fortunes of one small community in southwest Turkey (Anatolia) in the early part of the last century — a quirky community in which Christian and Muslim lives and traditions have co-existed peacefully over the centuries and where friendship, even love, has transcended religious differences. But with the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and the onset of the Great War, the sweep of history has a cataclysmic effect on this peaceful place: The great love of Philothei, a Christian girl of legendary beauty, and Ibrahim, a Muslim shepherd who courts her from near infancy, culminates in tragedy and madness; Two inseparable childhood friends who grow up playing in the hills above the town suddenly find themselves on opposite sides of the bloody struggle; and Rustem Bey, a wealthy landlord, who has an enchanting mistress who is not what she seems. Far away from these small lives, a man of destiny who will come to be known as Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is emerging to create a country from the ruins of an empire. Victory at Gallipoli fails to save the Ottomans from ultimate defeat and, as a new conflict arises, Muslims and Christians struggle to survive, let alone understand, their part in the great tragedy that will reshape the whole region forever.… (plus d'informations)
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Louis De Bernières expertly marries the fictional with real-world events in this book. The story takes place in the fictional village Eskibahçe against the backdrop of developments in the Ottoman Empire and the rise of Mustafa Kemal, a real historical figure. Although the parts about Kemal could have been clearer (I find it quite a whirlwind), it does not take away Bernières' brilliance. The plot appears to take a two-track route, seemingly unconnected till the men in the village were sent to fight the war that Kemal was also involved in. All are affected by the war but the saddest mark is left on Ibrahim and Philothei. Ibrahim, scarred by the war, returned home a different man. Though in outwards appearance seemingly an idiot, he is forever haunted by accidentally pushing his beloved, Philothei, off the cliff. ( )
  siok | Dec 13, 2020 |
Im westanatolischen Dorf Eskibahçe leben die Volksgruppen der Türken, Griechen, Armenier und Juden Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts trotz unterschiedlichem Glaubens in Eintracht zusammen. Doch der osmanische Staat, in dem sie leben, zerfällt und Kriege sowie nationalistisches Gedankengut verändern auch das Leben im beschaulichen Ort.

Louis de Bernières epischer Roman begleitet den Leser durch die großen historischen Ereignisse, welche Kleinasien zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts erschütterten. Er erzählt immer aus Sicht der Dorfbewohner und aus wechselnden Perspektiven von den Balkankriegen, dem ersten Weltkrieg, dem Genozid an den Armeniern, dem Niedergang des osmanischen Reichs und der jungtürkischen Revolution, dem türkisch-griechischen Krieg und dem Bevölkerungsaustausch in Folge des Vertrags von Lausanne. Parallel dazu schildert er in eingestreuten Kapiteln den Aufstieg Kemal Atatürks vom eigenwilligen Koranschüler in Thessalien zum Gründer der modernen türkischen Republik.

De Bernières hat Großartiges geschafft: Er hat auf knapp 700 Seiten einen realistischen historischen Roman geschaffen, der dem Leser die Entehungsgeschichte der Türkei veranschaulicht, ohne dabei auch nur einmal langweilig zu sein. Er tut dies mit liebenswerten, vielschichtigen Figuren anhand derer er zeigt, wie leicht Friede und Eintracht durch von außen beeinflusste Geschehnisse in Gefahr geraten. Hervorhebenswert ist zudem die Schilderung der Schlacht von Gallipolli, welche den Vergleich mit weit bekannterer und berühmterer (Anti)kriegsliteratur nicht zu schein braucht. ( )
  schmechi | Dec 10, 2020 |
This is not an easy book to get into. It describes in great detail life in a small village in Anatolia at the cusp of the 20th century. The Christians and Muslims, Greek Turks and Turkish Greeks in Eskibahce, which means "Garden of Eden", get along amazingly well until the horror of the Great War strikes. My favorites of the large cast of characters were the childhood friends Abdul and Nico who were called by the Turkish names for the Blackbird and Robin because they blew into the pottery whistles that mimicked the songs of these birds to call to each other all day long. "For birds without wings nothing changes; they fly where they will and they know nothing about borders and their quarrels are very small." (551)

The author is better known for Corelli's Mandolin which was in my Top Ten Books in 2001. Birds Without Wings is broader in scope and depth. After reading it, I have a much better understanding of The Ottoman Empire and its downfall. We are guided through the many war chapters through the voice of General Mustafa Kemal who is based on the first President of Turkey.

This SERIOUS book is a challenge to read. For me, it was well worth the effort. It took me over a week to read it and I consulted Wikipedia and my Dictionary app many times. It is more than worthy of the time I spent and the resulting rare 5-star rating. ( )
  Donna828 | May 12, 2020 |
Just loved this book. So beautifully written, humorous in parts, use of language engaging, Can't recommend it enough. ( )
  leica | Aug 28, 2019 |
Prachtige kroniek van een klein dorpje in Anatolië, Turkije, vanaf ongeveer 1900 tot 1920.
Alle genocides en oorlogen en waanzin daarvan komen voorbij, de deportaties van de Armeniërs en later de "verplaatsing" van de christenen uit Turkije naar Griekenland en de moslims van Griekenland naar Turkije en de enorme ontwrichting van mensenlevens en samenlevingen. De loopgravenoorlog van WOI, en daardoorheen het gewone leven van gewone mensen. Prachtig! ( )
  vuurziel | Apr 10, 2017 |
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"De Bernières has always been adept at juxtaposing brutality with episodes of high comedy or romance, and that's certainly the case here."
ajouté par bookfitz | modifierThe New York Times, Amy Kroin (Oct 31, 2004)
 
"Though some readers may balk at the novel's sheer heft, the reward is an effective and moving portrayal of a way of life—and lives—that might, if not for Bernières's careful exposition and imagination, be lost to memory forever."
ajouté par bookfitz | modifierPublishers Weekly (Aug 30, 2004)
 
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Birds Without Wingstraces the fortunes of one small community in southwest Turkey (Anatolia) in the early part of the last century — a quirky community in which Christian and Muslim lives and traditions have co-existed peacefully over the centuries and where friendship, even love, has transcended religious differences. But with the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and the onset of the Great War, the sweep of history has a cataclysmic effect on this peaceful place: The great love of Philothei, a Christian girl of legendary beauty, and Ibrahim, a Muslim shepherd who courts her from near infancy, culminates in tragedy and madness; Two inseparable childhood friends who grow up playing in the hills above the town suddenly find themselves on opposite sides of the bloody struggle; and Rustem Bey, a wealthy landlord, who has an enchanting mistress who is not what she seems. Far away from these small lives, a man of destiny who will come to be known as Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is emerging to create a country from the ruins of an empire. Victory at Gallipoli fails to save the Ottomans from ultimate defeat and, as a new conflict arises, Muslims and Christians struggle to survive, let alone understand, their part in the great tragedy that will reshape the whole region forever.

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