The Silence of Scheherazade

The Silence of Scheherazade

1st paperback ed

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Publisher's Synopsis

September 1905. At the heart of the Ottoman Empire, in the ancient city of Smyrna, Scheherazade is born to an opium-dazed mother.

At the very same moment, an Indian spy sails into the golden-hued, sycamore-scented city with a secret mission from the British Empire. When he leaves, 17 years later, it will be to the smell of kerosene and smoke as the city, and its people, are engulfed in flames.

Told through the intertwining fates of a Levantine, a Greek, a Turkish and an Armenian family, this unforgettable novel reveals a city, and a culture, now lost to time.

'Utterly delightful' Buki Papillon

'This rich tale of love and loss gives voice to the silenced, and adds music to their histories' Maureen Freely, Chair, English PEN

'A must-read' Ayse Arman, Hu¨rriyet

'A symphony of literature' Açik Radyo

'Defne Suman is a story-teller. She tells the story of how love, emotions and identities are influenced by socio-political events of a lifetime' Cumhuriyet Newspaper

'A wonderfully braided story of family secrets set in the magical city of Smyrna, told in luminous prose' Lou Ureneck, author of Smyrna, September 1922

Book information

ISBN: 9781800246973
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Imprint: Apollo
Pub date:
Edition: 1st paperback ed
DEWEY: 894.3534
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 345g
Height: 129mm
Width: 199mm
Spine width: 35mm