Writers in new book reimagine “Nicosia Beyond Barriers”

Independent London publishers Saqi Books will release a new book focusing on the Cyprus city of Nicosia, the “world’s last divided capital”, in June.

Nicosia Beyond Barriers: Voices from a Divided City brings together “writers from all sides of the divide” to “reimagine the past, present and future of their city”.

The city has been split along ethnic lines since the 1950s, before the “Green Line” divided it into Turkish and Greek sectors in December 1963, following island-wide attacks on the Turkish Cypriots.

Today the northern part of the city is the capital of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, while the southern part is run by the Greek Cypriot-controlled Republic of Cyprus.

The book, which will cost £12.99, has been edited by Bahriye Kemal, a research associate and lecturer at the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Kent, and three others: Alev Adil, Aydın Mehmet Ali, and Maria Petrides.


Main photo top of Nicosia, Cyprus – March 29, 2018: The Ledra Street border passport checkpoint in South Nicosia, South Cyprus. Photo © Ingus Kruklitis / iStock