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- DescriptionAt the crossroads of the Eastern and Western worlds, Salonica -- w Greece's third largest city Thessaloniki -- was an oasis in a desert of conflicting powers and interests. A Turkish territory until 1912, the city was an ecomic centre of the Ottoman empire and a cultural centre of Sephardic Judaism. In this memoir, Leon Sciaky, the son of a Sephardic merchant family who immigrated to Turkey during the Spanish Inquisition, tells of growing up in the vibrant community that flourished in Salonica at the turn of the century. He introduces the Turkish sheiks and dervishes, Sephardic rabbis, Hungarian revolutionaries, Bulgarian farmers, Greek priests, Kurdish grocers, Albanian woodcutters, and French headmasters who populated this little Balkan world. Although his early years were idyllic, Sciaky's well-respected merchant family could t escape the violence of Salonica's constant lesions and struggles. Situated amidst peoples of different languages, religions, cultures, and national allegiances, Salonica was like a vividly set stage in a drama where these very diverse peoples lived, in peace and strife, vying for power and prosperity.
- Author BiographyLeon Sciaky was born in 1894, when the Turkish flag still waved over Salonica. His family left their beloved but turbulent homeland in 1915, and settled in New York, where he lived until his death in 1958.
- Author(s)Leon Sciaky
- PublisherPaul Dry Books, Inc
- Date of Publication01/05/2003
- SubjectTrue Stories
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPaul Dry Books, Inc
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight406 g
- Width215 mm
- Height140 mm
- Spine23 mm
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