‘The Sunrise’ by Victoria Hislop

‘The Sunrise’ by Victoria Hislop is a controversial book according to the Greek Reporter website where they accuse the author of whitewashing the actions of Turkish troops in 1974. Former Education Minister Claire Aggelidou concluded that in the novel, “the Greek-Cypriot is presented as a villain, exploiter, jobber and thief, while a Turkish-Cypriot as selfless, compassionate and altruistic.”

According to the book’s blurb:

“In the summer of 1972, Famagusta in Cyprus is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean, a city bathed in the glow of good fortune. An ambitious couple open the island’s most spectacular hotel, where Greek and Turkish Cypriots work in harmony. Two neighbouring families, the Georgious and the Özkans, are among many who moved to Famagusta to escape the years of unrest and ethnic violence elsewhere on the island. But beneath the city’s façade of glamour and success, tension is building.

When a Greek coup plunges the island into chaos, Cyprus faces a disastrous conflict. Turkey invades to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority, and Famagusta is shelled. Forty thousand people seize their most precious possessions and flee from the advancing soldiers. In the deserted city, just two families remain. This is their story.”

Sounds like a good book which can be purchases either in paper (£7) or ebook (£6.65) format. Click to find out more.

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1 comment to ‘The Sunrise’ by Victoria Hislop

  • Cyprus Sue

    Earlier this year I went to Spinalonga an island off the Creatian coast that featured in Victoria Hislop’s earlier book The Island. The detail and research contained in the book was amazing and seeing Spinalonga and listening to the details provided by the Greek Guide, old footage and the accounts given by the lepers gave evidence to the research Victoria puts into her books. I will most definately be reading this book.