Farewell to Alexandria: Eleven Short Stories

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The eleven short stories in this book take us back to an Alexandria past, the cosmopolitan city as it was experienced by the author in the years before, during, and following the Second World War. Against a backdrop of major events in Alexandria's history, from the halcyon days of the late 1930s, through the alarums of the War, to the 1952 Revolution and the dispersion of almost the entire foreign community of the city, Tzalas weaves his stories peopled with characters from his youth. These are ordinary people, ...
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Overview

The eleven short stories in this book take us back to an Alexandria past, the cosmopolitan city as it was experienced by the author in the years before, during, and following the Second World War. Against a backdrop of major events in Alexandria's history, from the halcyon days of the late 1930s, through the alarums of the War, to the 1952 Revolution and the dispersion of almost the entire foreign community of the city, Tzalas weaves his stories peopled with characters from his youth. These are ordinary people, people of different nationalities and faiths, but all Alexandrians, living side by side in the Great City. In describing each character with great sensitivity and perception, Tzalas succeeds not only in capturing the essence of the city itself, but in poignantly foretelling the fundamental changes and exodus that were to come. The events surrounding, among others, a German family caught in the city during the Second World War, three French monks, an old Greek musician, and a group of cultivated elderly Alexandrian gentlemen, are told with an affection often tinged with sadness. Through these characters, Tzalas tells the story of everyday lives caught up in the turbulent currents of history and the transformation of a beloved city -- the end of an era. Each of the eleven stories is accompanied by an evocative illustration by Anna Boghiguian.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789774248108
  • Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/15/2004
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry Tzalas was born and educated in Alexandria. In 1956, he emigrated with his family to Brazil before settling in Greece. He is the founder and president of the Hellenic Institute for Ancient and Medieval Alexandrian Studies, based in Athens.

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Table of Contents

Prologue vii
Osta Antoun 1
The Little Armenian Girl 11
The Maestro 21
Frau Grete 39
Sidi Bishr, October 1942 61
The Three Brothers 75
Athinodoros and Iordanis 93
Amm Ahmad, Father and Son 127
Alexandrea ad Aegyptum 147
The As and the Fs of History 165
The Quails 183
Glossary 211
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