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Cornelia Golna
City of Man's Desire
A Novel of Constantinople

427 pp.
ISBN 90-804114-4-2
€ 19,90


'City of man' desire, embellished and adorned by its masters, coveted by those outside its gates.'

Constantinople 1908: the cosmopolitan capital of the Ottoman Empire teeters on the brink of upheaval. Turks dream of liberty while the subject peoples yearn for freedom – not necessarily the same thing. Far from the turmoil of Constantinople, in the Anatolian hinterland, archeologists are excavating an ancient city. There they uncover a past that seems to hold within it a warning for the present.

The Greek girl Theodora Vlachos has other things on her mind. Her existence, centering around her family and thwarted infatuations, oppresses her and she longs for escape. Then the flamboyant Russian exile Natalya Petrovna and het brother Vlad enter her life. Their disturbing presence, coinciding with the dramatic events of the Young Turk Revolution, draw Theodora into a new, often volatile world. And there is John Townsend, the American professor, a dreamer and lover of Classical civilization, overtaken by his past just as he believes to have found peace in this city he has come to love. There is also the Poet, who has the words to say it all, but prefers to remain aloof in his house overlooking the Bosphorus.
Revolutions take people by surprise; they raise hopes by promising change. City of Man's Desire tells the story of several individuals, how their lives intertwine as they struggle to understand and adapt to a new reality which, despite the designs of men, follows its own, unpredictable course.


The Greek translation of the book is a bestseller in Greece.
Translations of the book into Turkish and Romanian are forthcoming.
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