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IMARET (working title)

Giannis (Yannis) Kalpouzos

  • Original Title: IMARET
  • Publication date: January 2009
  • Publisher: Metaichmio
  • Country: GR
  • 568 print pages
  • Drama

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 19th century
  • Location setting: Greece
  • Themes: FAMILY, Siblings, Intergenerational, Filiation, PEOPLE facing life, Coming of age, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Poverty, Discriminations, Power, War and other conflicts, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, Diversity, Multiculturalism, Integration, Friendship, Tolerance, Intolerance

Pitch

The bonds of destiny unite a Greek and a Turk who were born on the same night in 1854 in Arta. Set just a few years after the 1821 struggle for independence and the proclamation of Greece as an independent state, the story takes place in an area that is still part of the Ottoman Empire. Leontos and Necip struggle to survive as political and military instability threaten to erupt into conflict and war.

Comments

Translation rights sold in Poland, Egypt, Turkey and Albania

Winner of the National Book Centre of Greece Readers’ Award in 2009

120,000 copies sold

Giannis Kalpouzos was born in 1960. He has written poetry, lyrics for over 70 songs, short stories and 8 best-selling novels. His poetry collection EROS NOW AND FOREVER was shortlisted for the National Poetry Award in 2008. He lives and writes in Athens and is considered to be one of the most renowned contemporary Greek writers combining superb literary writing with historical precision, page turning plot and commercial success.

Summary

The novel, set between 1854 and 1882 in a Greek city in the Ottoman Empire, follows the lives of two boys, a Greek and a Turk born on the same night, who become milk-siblings. The Greek boy’s father is murdered and, as the Greek mother’s milk dries up, her neighbour -the mother of the Turkish boy- breastfeeds both newborns, who grow up like brothers. The plot observes the turbulent years between three races co-inhabiting the same city despite their differences. It features daily life in that era, with hamams, coffee houses, dances and receptions, stone throwing battles, the Ramazan, the shadow theatre, fanatical and anti-fanatical characters, excommunications, smuggling, crofters and land owners, a murder and the mystery surrounding it, Greeks, Turks and Jews, their religions and respective traditions, love, hatred, compassion for ‘the other’, rich and poor, and sweet and bitter life. For there is a place for everything in the imaret of God.

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  • Author’s biography

    Giannis Kalpouzos was born in 1960. He has written poetry, lyrics for over 70 songs, short stories and 8 best-selling novels. His poetry collection EROS NOW AND FOREVER was shortlisted for the National Poetry Award in 2008, while his historical novel IMARET received the National Book Centre of Greece Readers’ Award in 2009 and its rights have been sold in Poland, Egypt, Turkey and Albania. He lives and writes in Athens and is considered to be one of the most renowned contemporary Greek writers combining superb literary writing with historical precision, page turning plot and commercial success.