Near fine/VGC.Secker & Warburg,2004.First UK edition-first printing(2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1).Red hardback(gilt lettering to the spine,small nicks/dents and crease on the cover) in near fine condition,with Dj(small nicks and creases on the edges of the Dj cover) in VGC.Illustrated with a colour map inside the front and back cover.Nice and clean pages as new with a small colour mark on the outer edges,a couple of small nicks and crease on the edges of the pages.Nice and clean book with light shelf wear inside the edges of the Dj cover(small colour mark inside the edges of the Dj cover).630pp including Postscript.Price un-clipped.First edition-first printing.Heavy book(approx 1.2 Kg). This is another paragraph Product Description: The story of the inhabitants of a small coastal town in South West Anatolia in the dying days of the Ottoman empire: Iskander the Potter and fount of proverbial wisdom; Philothei, a Christian girl of legendary beauty who is courted almost from infancy by Ibrahim the Goatherd, their great love culminating in tragedy and madness; Karatavuk and Mehmet-ik, childhood friends who play in the hills above the town, Mehmet-ik teaching the illiterate Karatavuk how to write Turkish in Greek letters; the two holy men of different faiths, Father Kristoforos and Abdulhamid Hodja, who greet each other with the words 'infidel efendi'; the landlord Rustem Bey, his wife's adultery and stoning, and his journey to Istanbul in search of a Circassian mistress. It tells also of Mustafa Kemal, the man of destiny, who by virtue of military genius and sheer bloody-mindedness defeats the Franks and reshapes the whole region in his image. When jihad is declared against the Allies the young men of the town are sent to war. Karatavuk soon finds himself at Gallipoli where he experiences the intimate brutality of trench warfare, the loss of many comrades and of his own innocence. As the great world intrudes, the twin scourges of religion and nationalism lead to forced marches and massacres, hunger grips the town and the peaceful fabric of life is destroyed.