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Farewell Anatolia is a tale of paradise lost and of shattered innocence; a tragic fresco of the fall of Hellenism in Asia Minor; a stinging indictment of Great Power politics, oil-lust and corruption. Dido Soteriou's novel - a perennial best-seller in Greece since it first appeared in 1962 - tells the story of Manolis Axiotis, a poor but resourceful villager born near the ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published February 1st 1996 by Κέδρος (first published 1962)
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Ηλίας Α.
"Τι να σας κρύψω αδέρφια; Ο πόλεμος είναι πόλεμος! Δεν είναι γάμος να 'χω όρεξη γι' αστεία. Θα χαθούνε νιάτα, θα χυθεί αίμα! Άλλοι θα πλερώνουνε τα σπασμένα, άλλοι θα θησαυρίσουν. Το φτωχό κοσμάκη να λυπηθεί ο Θεός..."

"Ο πόλεμος ανοίγει βάραθρα στις ψυχές και στα έθνη."

"Ο τρόμος ξεπερνάει το θάνατο. Δε φοβάσαι το θάνατο· φοβάσαι τον τρόμο. Ο τρόμος έχει τώρα το πρόσταγμα. Τσαλαπατά την ανθρωπιά. Αρχίζει από το ρούχο και φτάνει ίσαμε την καρδιά. Λέει: γονάτισε γκιαούρη! Και γονατίζει. Ξεγυμνώσου!
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Powersamurai

I have known about this book for quite a few years. My uncle highly recommended it to me. He surprised me, because I never imagined him as a reader. Last year, I finally acquired a copy via the Internet. It had been sitting on my shelf waiting to be read since. Every now and then, it would scream out to me to put down the book I was reading and read it, but I ignored it. January 2nd, it screamed so loudly I could ignore it no longer. I put on a couple of CDs of Greek movie soundtrack music, grab

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Tassos
A story that has to be read by every Greek and Turkish person on the Earth.

A true story of a man from Izmir and the adventures he went through the whole period before and after World War I and the destruction of Minor Asia, showing how the opinion of Greeks towards Turks changes by the influences of the major powers and how things changed from a peaceful co-living to a hating state.

A very touching story indeed
GeorgeD
Θεούλη μου, τι διάβασα!?! Δεν ήταν συγκλονιστικό, το "συγκλονιστικό" είναι λίγο ρε παιδιά... Θα σας έλεγα να το διαβάσετε μόνο αν έχετε γερό στομάχι αλλά όχι, διαβάστε το έτσι κι αλλιώς γιατί έτσι πρέπει να είναι η Ιστορία, χωρίς καλλωπισμούς...
Vichy
Μέσα από το χρονικό της ζωής του Μανώλη Αξιώτη από μικρό παιδάκι, περιγράφονται τα ειρηνικά χρόνια της συνύπαρξης Ελλήνων και Τούρκων στα παράλια της Μικράς Ασίας, η καθημερινότητά τους, η σκληρή μα ευημερούσα αγροτική και εμπορική ζωή.

Πώς αντιγύρισε η ζωή των Ελλήνων με τις φρικιαστικές σκηνές στα αμερέ ταμπουρού (=τάγματα εργασίας στα τελευταία χρόνια της Οθωμανικής Αυτοκρατορίας, 1914-1918, info text)

Όταν έφτασε ο ελληνικός στρατός στη Μικρά Ασία, και ο Αξιώτης γύρισε στο χωριό του και στα χ
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Dionysis Touroukis
Υπεροχο βιβλιο...Δυνατα συναισθηματα. Ο μικρασιατικος ελληνισμος στο μικροσκοπιο. Η ζωη στο Κιρκιντζι, κοντα στην Εφεσσο, κοντα στη Σμυρνη μεσα απο τα ματια και τις εμπειριες του Μανωλη Αξιωτη.
Fotoula B.
Το βιβλίο το είχα διαβάσει κάποια στιγμή μες την εφηβεία μου, δανεισμένο από σχολική βιβλιοθήκη, αλλά δε θυμόμουν και πολλά πράγματα :-/.
Με αφορμή τη τηλεοπτική μεταφορά του από τον Κώστα Κουτσομύτη φέτος το χειμώνα, και αφού δεν ήθελα να δω τη σειρά πριν "θυμηθώ" το βιβλίο το έπιασα στα χέρια μου.
Και εντάξει τι να πω για το βιβλίο το οποίο νομίζω είναι και μέσα στα 'κλασσικά' της ελληνικής λογοτεχνίας, αλλά την αμαρτία μου θα τη πω. Αυτοί οι ιδιωματισμοί βρε αδερφέ, κάπως με κούραζαν κάποιες σ
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Maria Aravani
Δεν χρειάζεται να σχολιάσω την κα.Σωτηρίου. Θα γράψω μονάχα πως μέσα από τόσες σπαρακτικές αλήθειες
ανακαλύπτει κανείς τις πραγματικές αξίες.
Πόση μικροπρέπεια γεμίζει το Είναι της σύγχρονης ανθρωπότητας.
George
An impressive story of a tragic time. I do think something was lost in the translation from Greek to English (and wish my reading level in Greek was better so I could realistically read the whole book in Greek). It is heart-wrenching to hear of these destroyed communities. Of course, it's hard not to think about how there is a counter-story to all of the tragic things that happened to my ancestors and other Greeks with similar Turkish populations (albeit not at the same numbers).

Eskikitapkokusu
“Ve sen kör Mehmet’in damadı! Hele sen! Niye öyle tiksinerek bakıyorsun yüzüme? Öldürdüm evet seni, ne olmuş? Ve işte ağlıyorum. Sen de öldürdün! Kardeşler, dostlar, hemşeriler! Koskoca bir kuşak, durup dururken katletti kendini! Anayurduma selam söyle benden, Kör Mehmet’in damadı! Benden selam söyle Anadolu’ya! Toprağını kanla suladık diye bize garezlenmesin! Ve kardeşi kardeşe kırdıran cellatların Allah bin belasını versin!”
Alexandra Allen
This was brilliant and should be read by anyone who enjoyed Birds Without Wings. Same story, different perspective and I thought it was the better book of the two, but that's subjective. The author is a woman who actually lived through the events described, so it has a greater sense of immediacy than de Berniere's novel - though I must say I enjoyed them both.
Despoina Xr
Ένα πραγματικό αριστούργημα!!!! Δεν έχω αρκετά καλά λόγια για αυτό το βιβλίο. Περιέχει πολλές εικόνες που σου δημιουργούν πολλά συναισθήματα. Το βρήκα καθηλωτικό με πολλά ιστορικά στοιχεία.
Elia
"Δύσκολο, πολύ δύσκολο να σβήσεις τα μίση και την αγριίλα του πολέμου μεμιάς. Το αίμα και ο τρόμος φέρνει τρόμο."

"Η καρδιά του ανθρώπου σταματάει στα μικρά και συνηθίζει στα μεγάλα."
Mariana
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Nicoleta Balopitou
Τα λόγια είναι περιττά και η λέξη αριστούργημα φαντάζει μικρή για να το περιγράψει ... Ένα μυθιστόρημα που ΠΡΕΠΕΙ να βρίσκεται σε κάθε ελληνική βιβλιοθήκη !
Spirou
Ένα από τα δύο καλύτερα που διάβασα πρόσφατα για τον Α' Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο. Σπάει κόκκαλα... Βίντεο-κριτική εδώ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlXJy...
Vassiliki
A masterpiece of greek literature
Robert Beveridge
Dido Sotiriou, Farewell Anatolia (Kedros, 1962)

According to my spreadsheet, it took me eight hundred twenty-six days to finish Farewell, Anatolia. I started it on October 5, 2007, and finished it on January 8, 2010. That sets a record for the longest amount of time it has taken me to finish a book. Usually, when I've put something down for over a year at a stretch, I'll pick it up, give it one more try, and then send it out the window into the nearest burning bush. But the last time I picked up
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Nikos79
This is an important book of Greek literature. Extremely touching and powerful piece of work. Translated in many different languages but I 'm not sure how even the best translation will give you the sense of the original text. I found myself wondering how some words or phrases can be translated in english for example. Greek language is one of the most rich languages in the world. We can use sometimes up to ten different words meaning the same thing and in english there is just one. This may make ...more
Sıla Filiz
Kitaba başlamadan önce hakkında biraz araştırma yaptım. Bu da bende önyargılar yarattı. 1. Dünya savaşı ve kurtuluş savası sırasında tek hedefi sevdiği kızla evlenmek olan sıradan bir rum köylüsünün yaşadıklarını anlatmakta. Rumlara karşı türk cephesinde, türklere karşı rum cephesinde savaşan, hürriyet uğruna kullanıldıklarını sonradan farkeden bir insanın öyküsü.İki tarafta birbirine çektirmiş.
Tania Manoussaki
τα δακρυα των αμαθιων σα της καρδιας δε μοιαζουν των αμαθιων σου σε πονουν μα της καρδιας σε σφαζουν...ενα δακρυ για καθε σελιδα καθε ψυχη καθε δρομο καθε σοκακι που εσβησε στη μικρασιατικη καταστροφη αριστουργημα
César Carranza
Increíble, seguir de cerca a Manolis Axiotis es todo una experiencia, trágico y crudo, nos lleva por un episodio poco tratado, la expulsión de los griegos de anatolia con la Primera Guerra Mundial, escrito con un estilo sencillo, se disfruta (y se sufre) cada página, recomiendo mucho
Pinar
Komsuyu komsuya kirdirmak batinin en sevdigi yontem. Yunan Turk savasi da ayni seyden cikiyor. Balkanlar cok talihsiz bir cografya ve maalesef insanlar olmeye mahkum. Bu Anadolu'daki olumleri anlatiyor. Bu devirde etnik aidiyet yuzunden olmek ne sacma degil mi?
Costas Alexiou
Excellent use of language but solid communist ideology permeats text in addition to the description of extremely violent scenes.
Ece
..."Bir öfke bürüdü birden içimizi: bizim evlerimiz değil miydi bu evler? Bu tarlalar, bu ekinler, bu ağaç? Burada büyüyüp yetişmemiş miydik biz? Buraya emek vermemiş miydik? Babalarımız burada gömülü değil miydiler?" Başarılı çevirisiyle Türk-Yunan düşmanlığının sebeplerini kurcaladığınızda karşınıza çıkan bazen insani bazen insanlık dışı, kanlı, keşke olmasaymış dedirten belki on binlerce hikayeden bir tanesi.. "Kardeşler, dostlar, hemşeriler... Koskoca bir kuşak, durup dururken katletti kendi ...more
Demi Papa
Ό,τι και να ειπωθεί γι' αυτό το βιβλίο ποτέ δεν θα είναι αρκετό.. #RespectToDidoSotiriou
Marinaki
This novel - based on a true story - is a sharp knife in the heart, reminding that one should never forget the degeneracy and the depraved consequences of a war. It is a very interesting source of information regarding the situation in greece/turkey/balkans in the beginning of the 20th century from the perspective of people living there, and specifically on the effect the political decisions had on their lives. I highly recommend this book to every greek/turkish/balkan and especially to everyone ...more
Vicki
For this book the star rating is a little arbitrary, but let that 4 stars reflect my appreciation and enjoyment of it. I'm a little disappointed that I couldn't enjoy it in its original--Greek--glory, but nevertheless, it was packed with value.
As well as out of interest in the content, my motivations for reading this were also out of an interest to see the way the the literary Greek was translated.
gun
önce balkanlardan, girit'ten göçen türklerin hikayesini okumuştum. şimdi de anadolu'dan göçen rumların hikayesine şahit oldum. bu toprakların acılı geçmişine dair bir tanıklık, kederli bir öykünün güzel bir anlatımı.

yüzyıllarca yan yana yaşayan halkların hiç yere birbirine düşman olması, birbirinin kanını dökmesi ne büyük trajedidir. başka da diyecek bir şey yok, kitabın son satırında dediği gibi: kardeşi kardeşe kırdıranların allah belasını versin.
Deniz Erkorkmaz
Barıştan savaşa... Kurtuluş savaşı öncesinde ve sırasında göç etmek zorunda kalan Rumların ve Türklerin hikayesi... Siyaset yüzünden nefrete dönüşen dostluklar... Türk Yunan ilişkilerinin bugünkü hale gelmesinin altında yatan yaşanmış olayları son derece akıcı ve dokunaklı bir dille anlatmış yazar. Çok başarılı...
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Dido Sotiriou (Greek: Διδώ Σωτηρίου) was born in Aϊdini of Asia minor, in 1909, the daughter of Evangelos Pappas and Marianthi Papadopoulou.
In 1919 she moved with her family to Smyrni (Izmir) but following the destruction of 1922 she fled to Greece. In Athens she completed her general education having as teachers the then literary figures Kostas Paroritis and Sophia Mayroeidis-Papadakis amongst ot
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