Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews 1430-1950
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2007 M12 18 - 544 pages
Salonica, located in northern Greece, was long a fascinating crossroads metropolis of different religions and ethnicities, where Egyptian merchants, Spanish Jews, Orthodox Greeks, Sufi dervishes, and Albanian brigands all rubbed shoulders. Tensions sometimes flared, but tolerance largely prevailed until the twentieth century when the Greek army marched in, Muslims were forced out, and the Nazis deported and killed the Jews. As the acclaimed historian Mark Mazower follows the city’s inhabitants through plague, invasion, famine, and the disastrous twentieth century, he resurrects a fascinating and vanished world.
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Tragic, hopeful and l)eautifi1llywritten, Salonzh/1. City ofGlw.vr.r shows how cities, as much as people, can be seduced by the prospect of escaping their own past and remaking themselves in ways unrecognizable to old fi"iends.
If the past is another country, the author allows us to travel there." —“Bool<s of the Year,” The Sunday 'IE'legrapb (London) I Mark M-.1zower is professor of history at Columbia University.
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The crowded alleys of the market offered shade as I pushed past carts piled high with figs, nuts, bootleg Fifth Avenue shirts and pirated cassettes. Tsitsanis's bouzouki strained the vendors' tinny speakers, but it was no competition ...
Round the tables of\~'1'0t'0lu.r St/1_w'l1i (Sweet-Smelling Smyma), its very name an evocation of the glories and disasters of Hellenism's Anatolian past, tsipouro and Tilt':-£'1i¢'.\' were smoothing the passage from work to siesta.
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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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