Fiction. Middle Eastern Studies. THE GHOSTS OF SMYRNA is a historical novel which tells the story of the events leading to the great fire of Smyrna (modern day Izmir) in 1922, through the trials and tribulations of a Levantine family caught up in the turmoil. The fire, which destroyed not only a beautiful and ancient city but also a multicultural way of life that had blossomed there over centuries, occurred at the end of the war of independence led by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk against the occupying European countries. The story takes place in the period between World War I and the great fire.
Loren Edizel was born in Izmir, Turkey, and has lived in Canada most of her life. She is the author of three novels, DAYS OF MOONLIGHT (Inanna Publications, 2018), ADRIFT (2011) (long-listed for the ReLit Awards), THE GHOSTS OF SMYRNA (2013), and a collection of short stories, Confessions: A Book of Tales (2014). THE GHOSTS OF SMYRNA was also published in Turkish, in Turkey, in 2017. Her short fiction has appeared in journals in both Canada and in Turkey. She lives in Toronto with her family.Author City: TORONTO, ON CAN