Nicosia Beyond Barriers
Subtitle Voices from a Divided City
By Editors: Alev Adil, Aydin Mehmet Ali, Bahriye Kemal, Maria Petrides
Published By

Westbourne Publishers Ltd trading as Saqi Books

ISBN 9780863566745
Non-Fiction Genre other
Publication Date 06/06/2019
Price 12.99
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Cyprus’ capital Nicosia has been split by a militarised border for decades. In this collection, writers from all sides of the divide reimagine the past, present and future of their city.
Together, these writers journey beyond the beaten track creating a complete picture of Nicosia, the world’s last divided capital city, that defies barriers of all kinds.

Authors Biography

Alev Adil is a performance artist-poet and a literary critic for the TLS.

Aydin Mehmet Ali has worked as an arts and education adviser to the London Mayor and Local Education Authorities. She is the founder of Literary Agency Cyprus.

Bahriye Kemal is a research associate and lecturer at the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Kent.

Maria Petrides is an independent writer, editor and translator.

Leave a comment about this book:


  1. perfect

  2. Really looking forward to this, what a great addition to Cypriot literature.

  3. An insightful collection reflecting on the long-term human consequences of a ‘Small Forgotten War’ (have lived through one myself, at a different place in the Middle East, at a different time). Professor Adil’s edited volume and contribution contributes significantly to our understanding of conflict, reconciliation, and their emotional, affective and existential aspects half a lifetime on at a crucial juncture in cultural/geographical space where the EU meets the Middle East.

  4. Great anthology of Cyprus

  5. Must read

  6. A stunning in-depth look into the questions of boundary and its historical embraces.

  7. Done

  8. Done!

  9. Poignant!

  10. Done!

  11. Done

  12. Superb!

  13. A wonderful anthology, a must read!

  14. Done

  15. done:)

  16. Voted!

  17. Voted

  18. 👍👍👍

  19. Beyond barriers takes you to a country beyond barriers, actually it eliminates barriers!

  20. Done!

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  22. Voted 👍

  23. Excellent!

  24. Done

  25. Going to be an interesting read …

  26. Done!!

  27. Done!!

  28. Voted

  29. Thinking in an ‘other’ language, beyond the island’s language barrier helped to overcome so many other barriers, layered, enmeshed, hardened, unvisited.

  30. Excellent!

  31. An excellent book….well accounted.

  32. Excellent book!

  33. a book that needs to be read. Especially at a time of such division in the world.

  34. Well done to all involved

  35. done

  36. Like the town of Nicosia, this book is a precious jewel reflecting all aspects of life from many different perspectives.

  37. Amazing 😉

  38. A great anthogy from a generstion whose opinion was never taken into consderation

  39. I Voted!!

  40. A song…

  41. Highly recommended.

  42. Beautiful and unique!

  43. An excellent bicommunal work

  44. The poems in this book are brilliant!

  45. Very interesting book, immersive, entertaining. Great effort.

  46. so refreshing to hear unfiltered non-partisan accounts from across the island. So many voices… it almost makes you believe that humanity will prevail over the politics of division…

  47. Nicosia Beyond Barriers takes you to a beautiful and courageous journey overcoming physical and emotional barriers…, anthology of many voices coming together…, it’s magic!

  48. Its smells CYPRIOT…

  49. More than you know and lived in cyprus. Reality, history and tomorrow. Excellent work. Must read!!!

  50. Live the history of Cyprus!!
    Definitely recommended!!

  51. Exciting perspectives and detailed tracks on boundaries of humanity.

  52. a last emergency humanity transfusion for the dying island of cyprus

  53. The only divided capital in the world deserves recognition. Thank you to all that has contributed to a delightful collection of stories.

  54. Done!

  55. An excellent book representing the diversity of Cyprus and its people.

  56. MBH on 24/05/2020 at 12:26pm
    Awesome book

  57. This is enthralling

  58. Awesome one.. Kudos

  59. This is groundbreaking! Great book!

  60. Thank you to all who joined me on the journey of this book, from across so may barriers… our unique stories both an ode and a challenge to Nicosia. I think we have created a landmark in Cyprus for fearless alternative voices and stories to emerge…

  61. A perfect, refreshing collection for anyone interested in the complex mindset that defines the island!

  62. Prawdziwie zyc to najrzadsza rzecz na swiecie. Wiekszosc ludzi jedynie egzystuje. – Oscar Wilde

  63. Nieszczescia zsylane sa nam po to, abysmy uwazniej przyjrzeli sie swemu zyciu. – Mikolaj Gogol

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