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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Until the 1960s , travellers could still wash themselves in what were latterly called the Paradise Baths . Today the constant flows of hot and cold water mentioned by seventeenth - century travellers have dried up , but thanks to the ...
More than three decades later , travellers were still oddities . On a steamer from Constantinople , a German passenger fell into conversation with a French salesman . Why was he going to Salonica , he was asked . “ “ For amusement ?
Travellers were understandably thrown , wrote Lucy Garnett , by being asked : ' At what time is noon today ? ' To add to the sense of disorientation , signs and shop placards could be written in one of four scripts and conversations ...
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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