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This trilogy (The Club, Ariagni, The Bat) is the saga of three cities - Jerusalem, Cairo and Alexandria - drifting towards chaos in a war-torn Middle East. At its centre is Manos: man of intellect and integrity, lover of life, hero of the Greek war against the Italian Invasion, who deserted the national army to join the leftists in the clandestine struggle against the Gree ...more
Paperback, 710 pages
Published July 10th 1995 by Kedros (first published 1974)
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Steve
Oct 11, 2015 Steve added it
Shelves: greek, world-war-2


The novelist, essayist and poet Yannis Hadziandréas (1911-1980), who used the pseudonym Stratis Tsirkas

Each person has his own little life theory to comfort and reassure him. Richard's humanism, the old bitch's snobbery, Hans' legitimism, Pamela's Christian Science, Theophilos' masochism, Rosa's anarchism, Nina's amoralism... The comedy and the drama.


A finely grained examination of multiple characters and an extensive portrait of the eastern Mediterranean during World War II and the Greek leftis
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Denis
Dec 01, 2008 Denis rated it it was amazing
A massive, complex and epic novel about the fate of diverse characters living in the Middle East during WWII - it takes place in cities like Cairo and Jerusalem. I read it a long time ago in French and was transported by Tsirkas' genius, inspiration, and vision of history. His recreation of the events that shaped that part of the world was fascinating, and I remember feeling the atmosphere of those cities as if I was there: it could have been merely exotic, but it was much, much more deeper and ...more
Vayos Liapis
Oct 08, 2013 Vayos Liapis rated it it was amazing
Without a doubt the best work of narrative prose to emerge from Greece in the post-WWII era. The "Cities Adrift" are Jerusalem, Cairo, and Alexandria, where much of the drama of the Greek involvement in WWII is played out. Deftly interweaving his characters' personal stories with events that defined recent European history (including the Greek Civil War of 1944-1949), Tsirkas provides a stunning panorama of places, peoples, and events that contributed to the making of post-war Europe.

Perhaps the
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Mohammed Galal
Jun 25, 2013 Mohammed Galal rated it really liked it
I ve actually read the 1st novel of this trilogy only.I think Tsirkas is more Egyptian-like than Durrell.He was born and brought up in Cairo.Alexandria was a special city where he usually spent his summers with his grandfather. His works offer a more panoramic view of the Orient.In addition,his characters are more self-aware than those of Durrell.Both writers have tried to demystify the Orient through their writings.Nonetheless,there is a similar point in both texts:Emmy s attitude towards her h ...more
Hervé
Feb 24, 2014 Hervé rated it really liked it
What's it with Alexandria? How come this city is able to conjure up some of the most incredibles masterpieces of the litterature? If you think Durrell's Alexandria Quartet is difficult, read this book and think again.

Granted, they don't play exactly on the same field and Alexandria is only ONE of the drifting cities mentioned in the title, but the intricacy of the plot and of the psychology of a list of characters long as a Dostoievsky novel is breath taking.

Be sure to find an edition with as
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Attila
Mar 09, 2014 Attila rated it really liked it
Shelves: war, historical
A trilogy following the life of Manos, a Greek individual during World War II. It was a turbulent time, when the Greek resistance fought against both German occupation and internal reactionary forces. Manos is torn between loyalty to the left-wing cause, and attraction to right-wing values, and fights for his homeland and noble ideals, but in the end the leadership puts power over justice and country, and Manos falls, with his sacrifice meaningless. The questions raised in the trilogy, about sel ...more
Alyssa
Mar 02, 2012 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have read. Set in Jerusalem, Cairo, and Alexandria during World War II. A gorgeous story to get immersed in: love, politics, sex, and intrigue. Better than Durrell's Alexandria Quartet.
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(Greek: Στρατής Τσίρκας)

Yiannis Hatziandreas, who became known by the pen name of Stratis Tsirkas, was born in Egypt in 1911.
After graduating from the commercial section of the Ambeteio School he went to work in a cotton mill as an accountant and later as the manager of a factory in Upper Egypt. He read voraciously from an early age and published translations of poetry and short texts of his own i
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