« Un livre vibrant de couleurs et d'empathie qui nous précipite dans le monde brisé d'un couple syrien en fuite ».
Nuri est apiculteur, sa femme, Afra, est artiste. Ils vivent tous deux avec leur jeune fils, Sami, dans la magnifique ville d'Alep, en Syrie. La guerre éclate et ravage tout, jusqu'aux précieuses ruches de Nuri. Et l'inimaginable se produit. Afra ne veut plus bouger de sa chambre. Pourtant, ils n'ont pas le choix et Nuri déploie des trésors d'affection pour la convaincre de partir...
Chypre, 2016. Petra Loizides est inquiète, la nourrice de sa fille s'est évaporée sans laisser de trace. Yiannis, le locataire qui occupe le premier étage de sa maison, est lui aussi bouleversé : se serait-elle enfuie suite à sa demande en mariage la veille ? Mais la jeune sri-lankaise a laissé derrière elle son passeport et la mèche de cheveux de sa propre fille restée au pays.
Petra signale sa disparition à la police mais celle-ci ne réagit pas. Impuissant, Yiannis continue de son côté ses activités illégales : ruiné par la crise de 2008, il vit du braconnage des oiseaux, prisonnier d'un réseau mafieux puissant et dangereux.
Ensemble, Petra et Yiannis vont enquêter auprès de nombreuses femmes invisibles comme Nisha et découvrir la facette sombre d'un pays gangréné par la corruption et les trafics en tous genres.
A moving novel of love and war by the author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo It is July 1974 and on a bright, sunny morning, the Turkish army has invaded the town of Kyrenia in Cyprus. For many people, this means an end to life as they know it. But for some, it is a chance to begin living again. Everyone has always talked about Koki. They never believed she was her father's daughter and her mother died too soon to quiet their wagging tongues. And when she became pregnant and there was no sign of a husband, her fate was sealed. So she lives outside the town and hides from her neighbours' eyes. But, held captive with the very women who have made her life so lonely, Koki is finally able to tell them the truth. To talk of the Turkish shoe-maker who came to the town and took her heart away with him when he left. And how she has longed for him all these years. Meanwhile, Adem Berker finds himself back in Kyrenia, his former home, now as a member of the invading force. Here he left everything he ever wanted and, by cover of darkness, risking his life, he is searching every house, every cafe, every old pathway, for just a glimpse of the only woman he has ever loved. For readers of The Island , The Book Thief and The Kite Runner.
This unforgettable novel puts human faces on the Syrian war with the immigrant story of a beekeeper, his wife, and the triumph of spirit when the world becomes unrecognizable. A beautifully crafted novel of international significance that has the capacity to have us open our eyes and see.--Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz FINALIST FOR THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY REAL SIMPLE Nuri is a beekeeper and Afra, his wife, is an artist. Mornings, Nuri rises early to hear the call to prayer before driving to his hives in the countryside. On weekends, Afra sells her colorful landscape paintings at the open-air market. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the hills of the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo--until the unthinkable happens. When all they love is destroyed by war, Nuri knows they have no choice except to leave their home. But escaping Syria will be no easy task: Afra has lost her sight, leaving Nuri to navigate her grief as well as a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece toward an uncertain future in Britain. Nuri is sustained only by the knowledge that waiting for them is his cousin Mustafa, who has started an apiary in Yorkshire and is teaching fellow refugees beekeeping. As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss but dangers that would overwhelm even the bravest souls. Above all, they must make the difficult journey back to each other, a path once so familiar yet rendered foreign by the heartache of displacement. Moving, intimate, and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a book for our times: a novel that at once reminds us that the most peaceful and ordinary lives can be utterly upended in unimaginable ways and brings a journey in faraway lands close to home, never to be forgotten. Praise for The Beekeeper of Aleppo This book dips below the deafening headlines, and tells a true story with subtlety and power. --Esther Freud, author of Mr. Mac and Me This compelling tale had me gripped with its compassion, its sensual style, and its onward and lively urge for resolution. --Daljit Nagra, author of British Museum This novel speaks to so much that is happening in the world today. Its intelligent, thoughtful, and relevant, but very importantly it is accessible. Im recommending this book to everyone I care about. --Benjamin Zephaniah, author of Refugee Boy