Nicosia Beyond Barriers

Voices from a Divided City

Edited by Bahriye Kemal et al.

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.

Here, Cypriot-Greeks coexist alongside Cypriot-Turks, the north with the south, town with 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, 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.

About the Editor(s)

Bahriye Kemal is a research associate and lecturer at the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Kent. Her research engages with Cypriot literary and cultural studies, postcolonial partition discourse, Ottoman and British imperialism, and spatial theory. She is currently working on a new book about writers from Cyprus and the Arab Diaspora. She is an active member of Literary Agency Cyprus, Kent Refugee Help, Seenaryo and Women Now.