By Ayşe Kulin
Whilst Selva, the daughter of 1 of the few final Ottoman Pashas, falls in love with Rafael, a tender Jewish guy, their households are opposed to their marriage and disown them. jointly they visit stay in France, yet happiness eludes them there too. With the appearance of the second one international warfare they get stuck up in Hitler's net of terror. whereas the Nazi grip tightens round them, they reside with the phobia of being rounded up and despatched to a focus camp. whilst Turkey is desperately attempting to steer clear of being drawn in to the warfare, strolling the tightrope among the Axis and the Allies very rigorously. during this new novel Ayse Kulin effectively follows via either the advancements in her nation through the warfare and the lives of Selva and Rafael in Europe. the tale strikes backward and forward among Istanbul and Marseilles, Ankara and Cairo and Paris, to Berlin and again to Istanbul. In so doing it additionally highlights the brave paintings of the Turkish diplomats who risked their lives to avoid wasting hundreds of thousands of Jews stranded in Europe from being massacred by means of the Nazis. All of Ayse Kulin's novels are web page turners and this one isn't any exception. it's a novel approximately love and break out, interwoven with the background of 1 of Europe's such a lot tumultuous times.
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Last Train to Istanbul by Ayşe Kulin