By Ayşe Kulin
Whilst Selva, the daughter of 1 of the few last Ottoman Pashas, falls in love with Rafael, a tender Jewish guy, their households are opposed to their marriage and disown them. jointly they visit dwell in France, yet happiness eludes them there too. With the appearance of the second one international conflict they get stuck up in Hitler's net of terror. whereas the Nazi grip tightens round them, they reside with the terror of being rounded up and despatched to a focus camp. while Turkey is desperately attempting to keep away from being drawn in to the warfare, jogging the tightrope among the Axis and the Allies very rigorously. during this new novel Ayse Kulin effectively follows via either the advancements in her nation throughout the warfare and the lives of Selva and Rafael in Europe. the tale strikes backward and forward among Istanbul and Marseilles, Ankara and Cairo and Paris, to Berlin and again to Istanbul. In so doing it additionally highlights the brave paintings of the Turkish diplomats who risked their lives to avoid wasting hundreds of thousands of Jews stranded in Europe from being massacred through the Nazis. All of Ayse Kulin's novels are web page turners and this one isn't any exception. it's a novel approximately love and break out, interwoven with the background of 1 of Europe's such a lot tumultuous times.
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