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The Maze Anatolia 1922 A retreating Greek brigade has lost its way Pursued by a Turkish army seeking vengeance for three years of Greek occupation and commanded by a brigadier with a passion for Greek mythology and an addiction to morphia the brigade's only chance of salvation is to reach the Mediterranean coast and sail home As the army wanders through the Anatolian desert their internal divisions become pronounced and their dementias florid Eventually they reach a small town up until now untouched by the war which is run by a simple minded mayor and is peopled by a gallery of wonderfully strange characters When the soldiers leave at last a tragedy has taken place and the town has changed forever


10 thoughts on “The Maze

  1. Tea Jovanović Tea Jovanović says:

    I fell in love with this author after I reviewed his first book Little Infamies collection of stories But since on Serbian market short stories doesn't sell well I had to give up my wish to acuire the rights That was in 2004 And I am very pleased to see now that all his novels are translated into Serbian in recent years This is one of must read authors Srpski prevod je dobar trebate da se upoznate s ovim autorom


  2. Anthony Panegyres Anthony Panegyres says:

    After a slow start the pacing and colour picked up once the focus moved to the Anatolian village Shades of Graham Greene and Gabriel Garcia Maruez


  3. Keith Silver Keith Silver says:

    I came across this book by chance among used books at a charity fundraiser in Athens The book jacket piued my interest as it described the story of a Greek Expeditionary Force retreating from Asia Minor in 1922 Unfamiliar with the Greek UK author Panos Karnezis I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised with the richness of the story and its characters A finalist for the 2004 Whitbread First Novel Award along with fellow non winner Susanna Clarke for Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell this was a remarkable achievement using the backdrop of a little known historical event to weave a tale that started out slow but became a page turner by the end By its conclusion the novel combined magical realism Greek mythology religion ethics morals superstition war justice and revolutionary ideas I look forward to reading of Panos Karnezis’ stories


  4. Deb Deb says:

    A lost brigade of Greek soldiers led by a morphine addicted Brigadier is trying to find their way out of the desert in Asia Minor at the end of the war with the Turks It is 1922 the war is over the Greeks have surrendered and the brigade knows that if they encounter the enemy they will most likely be killed As they battle dust storms food shortages and a rash of thefts we begin to learn of their ill fated encounter in a small town earlier in the war and of some atrocities that took place there Are the soldiers doomed to suffer for their crimes is there some malevolent force at play or is their suffering simply the misfortunes of war? Eastwards not too long ago that had been the direction of their advance For than two years the towns of the Asia Minor heartland had surrendered to the Expeditionary Corps one after anotherEnough of such thoughts Brigadier Nestor suddenly reprimanded himself He put his hand in his breast pocket to retrieve his compass instructed his orderly which direction to follow and at last gave the signal to marchSlowly the column started another day of blindfolded marching was beginning Brigadier Nestor's lorry led the way followed by the vehicles carrying the wounded othes with ammunition and food and those loaded with water Behind the motorcade the soldiers walked in silence at a funerary pace that had also something of the unsteadiness of a drunk returning home


  5. John Boyages John Boyages says:

    I enjoyed reading this book I discovered this author from an easy read section of the Oxford Library and after liking the convent so much I decided to try one of his earlier books Read it in about a dayGood story line links to history Greek Turkish conflictIt is Karnezis's first novel which takes place in 1922 after the Greek army's three year expedition into Asia Minor abruptly endsA Greek brigade under the command of a morphine addicted old brigadier is retreating in disarray across the desert Hopelessly lost the tattered band marches in circles until it finds an isolated village which takes them on board The story touches on some of the different forces at the time including a communist traitor among's their rank Greek mythology and the affairs of the various towns people including the Mayor Throw in a priest who is haunted by his past a massacre and a dog called Caleb and its a fun great read


  6. Scott Scott says:

    Overall this book was an interesting dive into a culture and time that I knew nothing about I found myself in the hot geography of Asia Minor with the retreating Greek Army The story itself was enjoyable but his use of the language was what I found most appealing Statements like Aging was not a stairway but a landslide A period of corporeal stability followed by a sudden subsidence and Anywhere else such silence would be unnatural for such a large gathering it was the curfew of the heatI was there with them Overall a good read


  7. Lydia Lydia says:

    This book grabbed me right away which was surprising since I expected to be put off by the subject matter But the characters in their exasperating yet somehow endearing near lunacy captured my imagination and sympathy Among other things it explores issues of loss confusion and ethics in times of war but it applies to the everyday life most of us are lucky enough to live outside of war as well Delightfully written


  8. Irwan Irwan says:

    A novel with a feeling of a short story The setting and the characters are well written such that I could immerse myself in the realm of the story The plot is uite unpredictable I didn't know where the story was going and ended up uite absurdly like those literature with existentialism flavor I tried not to read too much into the story and just accept it as it is Although it did indeed touch on themes like absurd realities of war morality and patriotism


  9. John John says:

    Well written novel that takes place during the Greek Turkish war that followed WWI and follows a drug addicted Greek general's forces as they retreat toward the coast BleakI was greatly annoyed though by the decision by the author?by editors? to footnote and explain all of the allusions to Classical mythology and history


  10. E Ryan E Ryan says:

    An interesting read an interesting setting Definitely a refreshing change of pace


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