Whether you’ve lived on the island for decades or have just landed for a few hours, it’s hard to miss the fact that the capital city is split in half with a military line cutting the land. A new book Nicosia Beyond Barriers: Voices from a Divided City has invited writers from all sides of the divide to reimagine the past, present and future of their city. Now complete, the editors, writers and publishing team are ready to present their work to the public in a book launch event held on June 13.
“Here, Cypriot-Greeks coexist alongside Cypriot-Turks,” says the team, “the north with the south, town with a countryside, dominant voices with the marginalised. This is a city of endless possibilities – a place where an anthropologist from London and a talkative Marxist are hunted by a gunman in the Forbidden zone; where a romance between two aspiring Tango dancers falls victim to Nicosia’s time difference; and where an artist finds his workplace on a rooftop, where he paints a horizon disturbed only by birds.”
Together, 50 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.
Nicosia Beyond Barriers: Voices from a Divided City
Book launch event of ‘Nicosia Beyond Barriers: Voices from a Divided City’. Published in partnership with Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation. June 13. NiMAC, Nicosia. 7.30pm-9.30pm