Nicosia Beyond Barriers: Voices from a Divided City

Alev Adil (Editor) Aydin Mehmet Ali (Editor)
& 2 more


Cyprus' capital Nicosia has been split by a militarized border for decades. In this collection, writers from all sides of the divide re-imagine the past, present and future of their city. Here, Cypriot-Greeks coexist alongside Cypriot-Turks, the north with the south, town with countryside, dominant voices with the marginalized. This is a city of endless possibilities - a place where an anthropologist from London and a talkative Marxist are hunted by a gunman in the Forbidden zone; where a romance between two aspiring Tango dancers falls victim to Nicosia's time difference; and where an artist finds his workplace on a rooftop, where he paints a horizon disturbed only by birds. Together, these writers journey beyond the beaten track creating a complete picture of Nicosia, the world's last divided capital city, that defies barriers of all kinds.

Product Details

$18.95  $17.43
Saqi Books
Publish Date
January 07, 2020
5.3 X 0.8 X 8.5 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Alev Adil is a performance artist-poet who has appeared at the Tate Britain, British Museum and in countless international locations, from Azerbaijan to Finland. Her poetry has been translated into eight languages. Adil is also a literary critic for The Times Literary Supplement, UK.
Aydin Mehmet Ali has worked as an arts and education adviser to various bodies, including the London Mayor and Local Education Authorities. Her latest publication is Forbidden Zones: Short Stories & Others. She is the founder of Literary Agency Cyprus (LAC).
Bahriye Kemal is a research associate and lecturer at the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Kent, United Kingdom. Her research engages with Cypriot literary and cultural studies, postcolonial partition discourse, Ottoman and British imperialism, and spatial theory. Kemal is an active member of Literary Agency Cyprus, Kent Refugee Help, Seenaryo and Women Now.
Maria Petrides is an independent writer, editor and translator. She has been a writer in residence in NYC, Nicosia, Istanbul, Helsinki, Rio de Janeiro, and Geneva. She is the translator of Wow (Patakis 2016) and To Teach the Journey (Saita 2016), and the author of A Book of Small Things (2016) and editor of Semiotics (Cambridge Scholars, 2017).


'Ambitious and enchanting ... the selection encompasses a striking diversity of genres and perspectives.' Jonathan Fryer