The Ghosts of Smyrna

Aya Katerina, a neighbourhood in Ottoman Smyrna at the end of World War I. Through the eyes of Niko “the Orphan”–his Armenian father was taken away by the soldiers–we see this close world going about its traditional ways. But dark clouds loom in the near distance. We meet Elena, Niko’s aunt and talented artist; his idiosyncratic uncle Polycarp, wiser than he pretends; Manolis the Greek doctor who loves her; Nazım the Turkish journalist who also loves her; Niko’s grandmother who holds the family together; and an assortment of neighbours of all backgrounds. As the War draws to a close, all these people await their fates as the Greek armies invade from the west and are fought back by the forces of Ataturk from the east. A story of love under impossible circumstances and a novel about growing up, this is also an account about a people, a neighbourhood, and a legendary city caught up by forces beyond their control. Aya Katerina goes up in smoke. Quiet and understated, colourful and intensely moving, this is a memorial to a charmed city now lost.

“An absorbing read. The Ghosts of Smyrna is a wonderful foray into cultural history, a masterful interweaving of large-scale political events and the minute particulars of daily life.”
–Morris Berman, author of Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire

Praise for Loren Edizel’s Adrift :

“Adrift pushes at the limits of possibility by asking the reader to accept the impossible…In so doing, it reveals a reality of a higher order, a plane of existence upon which all of us are connected, however alienated our experience of the world might be. Like a Murakami novel, Adrift mixes the spectacular with the mundane to highlight the wondrous qualities of ordinary reality.”
Maple Tree Literary Supplement

“Adrift is a soulful read with a brand of acceptance that is uncommon in an era of intolerance.”


Publication Date: October 2013

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-927494-22-6
Page size: 5.75″ x 8.75″
216 pages

eBook ISBN: 978-1-927494-37-0

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Loren Edizel was born in Izmir, Turkey. Her other works include the novel The Ghosts of Smyrna (Mawenzi, 2013) and several stories, including “The Conch,” which appeared in Turkish translation in the anthology Izmir in Women’s Stories (Kadın Öykülerinde Izmir). She lives in Toronto.

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