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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Inscription on the entrance of a house in the Hippodrome quarter , at the
beginning of a small street , on the left as you leave the large square to go to the
Calamaria Gate . 2 . One finds this inscription at the reservoir of the public
fountain of the ...
The muezzin could see the entire quarter beneath him when he made the call to
prayer . Nightwatchmen were supported by each neighbourhood , and kept an
eye out for strangers – for if they misbehaved or got into trouble , all the residents
The Germans also auctioned off the concessions to demolish the other outlying
Jewish quarters – 151 and Kalamaria to the east ... cobblers , dairy products ,
tavernas , a barber and a chemist – listed along one street in the Hirsch quarter .
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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
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