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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: DEXTER HAVEN PUBLISHING (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903660041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903660041
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am really pleased to announce that we are publishing 'The Cypriot', and are very excited about its prospects. It’s an engaging and dramatic story as well as a very human and sympathetic introduction to the history and culture of Cyprus.

At an important time for Cyprus, with the prospects of unification and Turkey’s EU accession, it strikes a highly constructive and conciliatory tone throughout. It doesn’t dodge the issues, but it presents them as complex, and accepts that no one side is blameless, or totally to blame.

It is human, nuanced and sensitive, it never preaches, and there are characters from all sides who are presented in a sympathetic light. The central theme is love across the divide. All of this speaks very positively to Cypriots from both communities, and can only help in the process of reconciliation that will be needed in the coming years.

The book is a fascinating general introduction to Cyprus and its history for the general (non-Cypriot) reader, and helps to build up an awareness of Cyprus outside the island and Cypriot communities abroad. Cyprus’s entry into the EU, and possibly tricky negotiations over reunification, mean that understanding and sympathy towards the island in the outside world has never been more important. This book packs a lot of background into its narrative, and does so in an approachable way, a way that will make people want to read it. It may have the effect of a history lesson, but it never feels like one.

Finally, the book is an exciting story and a rewarding read, from a Cypriot who has lived in London all his life, who is proud of Cyprus and passionate about its future (and a great communicator of that), and of whom Cyprus in turn can be proud. This is a great showcase for Cypriot creativity and talent. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

I suppose I'd been waiting for someone else to tell the human story behind the tearing apart of this tragic little island. I mean, what a great idea for a novel... and then the film! But no-one ever did - so I realised maybe I'd have to do it myself.

The success of Captain Corelli's Mandolin convinced me that there was potentially a huge market for a love story set on an idyllic Mediterranean holiday island - with conflict, war and tragedy as the backdrop.

If the recent history of Cyprus could be told so that outsiders could really get to grips with this wonderful little nation; weep for its continued division; if I could do that then maybe they might end up caring for the island's people - not as 'Greeks' or as 'Turks' but as 'Cypriots'. Then maybe these island people might, in turn, rediscover how to care for each other!

I hope those reading will get a taste for the island's unique culture - straight from the donkeys mouth. The food, the wine, the songs and expressions, the traditions and superstitions; the people's struggles and motivations. Their intense love of life.

I hope readers will get a deeper understanding - as I did during my research - of how this seemingly intractable 'Cyprus problem' really came about. How all sides had their role to play in sewing the seeds of division. How no one was without blame, and how all suffered - and continue to suffer.

I hope people will be able to empathise with the many colourful characters in the novel and appreciate their varying perspectives. Young and old, male and female, Christian and Muslim, left and right, religious and not-so-religious, Cypriot and non-Cypriot.

The most important thing I hope people will get from the book - the reason I wrote it in fact - is hope. Hope that one day soon, despite all the decades of pain and misery, devastation and division, we can start to make this beautiful island of love truly whole again. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Underwood on 19 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a truly elegant novel written in a solid, adaptable prose which is capable of alternately drenching the reader in glorious Mediterranean sunshine and the bitter grey light of the British cityscape. Although you may approach this book from the point of view an outsider, an individual alien to the troubles of Cyprus, Andreas Koumi, through well-realised and fully-rounded characters quickly draws you into his dramatisation of the island's early-mid 20th century history.

From the very first section of the prologue, Koumi in a dazzling burst of silver and oceanic light embeds the reader's consciouness in the astounding geograhpic beauty of the island, before shattering that precious momentary escape by dragging us back into an uncomfortable London reality. This physical division between, what are instantly established as two different worlds, creates an emotional paradigm that the struggle against the metaphysical divisions of ethnicity and religion attempts to shift.

Without a doubt this is one of the most moving and evocative narratives on the traumas, momentary and life-long, caused by the unecessary and irrational enforcement of artificial boundaries on the movements of the human heart. Consequently, this just might possibly be one of the great fictional stories of this century just as its subject matter is one of the greatest factual tragedies of the last.

This is the first the literary world has heard from Andreas Koumi, let us hope we hear from him again.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Esther I on 31 July 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is not only an awesome piece of writing but it is a thoroughly educational, entertaining and moving read.

Although it is a novel, it has an autobiographical feel about it. The author has clearly questioned his own identity as a 'Cypriot' and carried out extensive research so as to put this novel together and educate, inform and try and re-unite his fellow Cypriots.

As a non-Cypriot myself, it taught me about Cyprus and the horrific division of the island. It taught me about Cypriot people and the anguish of living through such testing times. It taught me that being 'a Cypriot' is the way forward by uniting Cypriot people from whichever religious faith they belong. Living in harmony on the same island and declaring 'we are Cypriots, we are the same people' would teach the world to take example from this. This book offers a solution to the Cyprus problem.

Andreas Koumi's writing is very accessible and colourful. He writes in a non-pretentious way and clearly has wonderful literary ability. The book is also full of lovely little translations of traditional Cypriot songs and chants which are highly entertaining!

This book also invites people that invest their interest in Cyprus and its people to be 'Cypriots'. I am therefore now also a Cypriot!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bobblehat2000 on 29 July 2006
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'The Cypriot' is a beautiful and compelling story about Cyprus, its people, their struggle and love. "Zoe R" must have read a different book, or at least not read it very carefully. In 'The Cypriot' it is Andonis himself, not his son (?), who falls for a Turkish Cypriot girl. The only problem with 'The Cypriot' is that when you start reading it you cannot put it down and when you get to the end you want to read it again. Louis de Bernières, Jeffrey Archer, eat your hearts out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Ioannides on 22 Mar. 2007
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I must admit I am left surprised, impressed and inspired.

After buying this book, I kept it on my bookshelf for a few days without even glancing at it until the day I finally decided to give it a brief look in order to at least justify the fact that I got into the trouble of buying it! What a "dreadful mistake" that was to make in the middle of an exam period...By the 20th page I was literally hooked and did not want to put it down, not even to eat. I ended up reading it back to back in less than 2 days. I rarely catch my self reading anything that can keep me so "magnetised", let alone for hours. Being familiar with Cypriot culture and history obviously meant that I could relate to the characters, sceneries and events described a bit easier than the average reader(I suspect) but this takes away nothing from the proficiency and charisma with which these have been depicted on paper. "The Cypriot" was for me an unexpected surprise and a thoroughly entertaining read. I highly recommend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fenasi Kerim on 29 July 2006
Format: Paperback
I wasn't born in Cyprus - my parents were and I've been to Cyprus a few

times. What I love about the book is that Andonis's village could be

any village on the island. The author deliberately doesn't name it. The

book made me think of my mum's village and paints an evocative picture

of Cyprus as I remember it. I recommend this book to people who love

Cyprus. And it made me cry at the end.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Emma Ditchfield on 3 Aug. 2006
Format: Paperback
The Cypriot is one of those books that transfixes you and this becomes obvious from the very first chapter .

In my opinion the author has written the Cypriot in a style that evokes a myriad of feelings , emotions , colour .Take the example of the character description of the army captain , I could clearly visualise him in front of me having read his introduction into the book .

The passion behind the author's writing combined with the skilful introduction of love , conflict , happiness , sadness made me feel that I wanted to see all that I was reading portrayed in front of me so maybe Andreas Koumi can work on a film version of his excellent book as his next project .

I often pass books that I have read to family and friends but I shall be holding on to this one .
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