Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950
HarperCollins, 2004 - 525 pages
The history of a rarely written about, bewilderingly exotic city: 500 years of clashing cultures and peoples, from the glories of Suleiman the Magnificent to its nadir under Nazi occupation. Salonica is the point where the wonders and horrors of the Orient and Europe have met over the centuries. Written with a Pepysian sense of the texture of daily life in the city through the ages, and with breathtakingly detailed historical research, Salonica will evoke the sights, smells, habits, songs and responses of a unique city and its inhabitants. The history of Salonica is one of forgotten alternatives and wrong choices, of identities assumed and discarded. For centuries Muslims, Christians, and Jews have succeeded each other in ascendancy, each people intent on erasing the presence of their predecessors, and the result is a city of cultural traditions and memories of extreme violence and genocide, one that sits on the overlapping hinterlands of both Europe and the East.
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During a fire in 1840 , Omer Pasha ' was immediately on the spot ' to check the flames by ordering all the shops near the fire to be pulled down . By contrast , Yusuf Pasha was ' not respected owing to his indolence ' and the former ...
By nightfall the blaze had spread into the lower town and buildings were being blown up in a futile attempt to stem the course of the fire . Streams of red wine flowed into the gutters from bursting barrels of French army claret ...
Two months after the fire , wrote a British soldier , ' Salonica was a city of the dead . Its streets were deserted , its cafés and restaurants were no more , and at night the gibbous moon cast its silvery light over a waste land of ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - vguy - LibraryThing
The perfect book to read on first visit to 'thessaloniki. Unfolds the many layers of this extraordinary "border town", and how the complexity got shaved away over the course of the 20th century by ... Read full review
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I learned a lot from this book, and I admire Mazower's ability to form such a complete account of Salonica. Read full review