1915, the first book in Tahta's Constantinople Trilogy,
is focused around
the brutal expulsion of the Armenian community from Anatolia.
Seen from the perspective of four families, Tahta examines
this momentous period with insight and compassion.
Intellectually challenging and sometimes provocative, Tahta
has written an inspired literary account of a critical
period too often ignored but essential in understanding the
roots of contemporary European hostilities. Compellingly told
through stories of personal lives, this
is historical fiction at its best – demanding, humane
and deeply moving..
1920, the second book in Haig Tahta’s trilogy,
chronicles the impending fall of the Ottomans and explores
and atmosphere of Constantinople during the British occupation
of the city from 1920 to 1922. It carries forward the same
Mr. Tahta’s first novel, April 1915.
an Armenian girl, and Selim, a Turk, are impossibly in love.
Their relationship,much more difficult and problematic than Romeo
and Juliet, develops and unfolds during the Greco-Turkish War,
its shocking climax in the burning of Smyrna. An historical
novel of deep insight and high passions, Constantinople
1920 brings to focus a time which echoed
throughout the world and set in train events that would engulf
Europe in flames a few decades later.
Written with a rare sense of humanity and peopled with a plethora
of characters, bold, sensitive, articulate and always fascinating,
Constantinople 1920 is that rare novel of ideas and drama that appeals
to both the heart and the intellect.