By the acclaimed Turkish writer Moris Farhi. 'A compelling story of love, jealousy and the desire for power.' - Elaine Feinstein
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14 x 21.5 cm
9781846590589 / 9781846590689
Osip returns home to a remote island in the Mediterranean, hoping that it will provide him a haven after the traumas of war. On his arrival, he narrowly escapes death at the hands of Bostan, a supreme feudist. The island, he discovers, is still governed by the archaic code of honour which has condemned the inhabitants to perpetual bloodshed and obliterated countless families, including Osip's own. Helped by the aged Kokona, and by her earthy lover, Dev, Osip restores the watermill he has inherited. Soon, he and Bostan cross paths again. Beguiled by Bostan, Osip befriends him. When Bostan is ambushed by other feudists and left for dead, Osip rushes to his aid. While dressing his wounds, he discovers Bostan's true identity. When Bostan recovers, the two of them set out to end the eternal feuding. This is a deeply affecting fable that resounds with hope.
'This is at once a disturbing fable, and a compelling story of love, jealousy and the desire for power. Everywhere we find the physical details of a Mediterranean island, the trap of ancient customs, and Farhi's own faith in the value of human life.' - Elaine Feinstein
'A powerful and eloquent writer - bears comparison with the best of Graham Greene.' - London Magazine
'Farhi has an unbeatable and enthralling human touch which gives the glow of life to all he writes.' - Alan Sillitoe
About the Author
Moris Farhi was born in Turkey in 1935. He has written several novels, including Children of the Rainbow, Journey through the Wilderness (both Saqi) and Young Turk (Telegram). He is a vice-president of International PEN, and in 2001 was appointed an MBE for services to literature. He lives in London.