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Young Turk

by Moris Farhi

A collection of thirteen stories about a group of young Turks (male and female; Muslim, Jew and Christian) growing up during and just after the Second World War. A fascinating picture of a time and a culture about which I knew little. What a wonderful group of young friends who struggle to remain true to themselves and their ideals! - and have a great deal of fun and tragedy along the way. I particularly enjoyed Musa's story of the Turkish Baths.

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Mueller Hanim sobbed. 'I had a son, too ... I ran away ... I thought he'd be safe ... without a communist for a mother .... Is that what you did - run away also?'
Tears began to run down Saadet's face. 'I was careless ....'
Mueller Hanim stared at her, puzzled. 'Careless ...?
Saadet repeated the word bitterly. 'Careless.'

Parallels

The Emigrants by W G Sebald
Children of the Rainbow by Moris Farhi
 

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