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Issue Details: First known date: 2008... 2008 Mother Land
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'Mother Land is a memoir by Melbourne writer Dmetri Kakmi, about his childhood in the late 1960s on the island of Bozcaada (also known as Bozca Island) in the Aegean Sea, at the entrance to the Dardanelle Straits, at a time when political tensions between Greece and Turkey were at their peak, and the islands Greek population was subject to intimidation by its Turkish government.

'The memoir begins as a vivid portrayal of traditional island life on Bozcaada, in all its beauty, poverty, and ignorance, as experienced by the child. At the age of eight he lives on the cusp of two opposing cultures, their historical animosity intensified since the sack of Smyrna and the population exchanges of the 1920s, by the Greek pogroms of 1956 and 1964, and the tense build-up to the invasion of Cyprus.

'As the situation deteriorates, he witnesses acts of violence and degradation, not only between the inhabitants of the island, but amongst his school friends and between his own parents, acts in which he sometimes participates, and which erode his innocence and his sense of humanity. Finally his family is forced to flee the island and to migrate to Australia. Years later, the adult Dmitri returns in the hope of making peace with the past.' (Provided by publisher)

Notes

  • Dedication: To the memory of Kaliopi Kakmi (1939-1993)
  • Described by the author as 'a memoir that reads like a novel and a novel that is a memoir.'

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Artarmon, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Giramondo Publishing , 2008 .
      person or book cover
      Image courtesy of Giramondo Publishing
      Extent: 280p.
      ISBN: 9781920882433 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

The Line Between Truth and a Good Story Dmetri Kakmi , 2011 single work biography
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , October no. 212 2011; (p. 10-11)
Narratives of Exile Delia Allen , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 194 2009; (p. 88)

— Review of Mother Land Dmetri Kakmi , 2008 single work autobiography ; Sydney Journals : Reflections 1970-2000 Antigone Kefala , 2008 selected work diary
Worlds beyond Reckoning Patrick Allington , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 306 2008; (p. 38)

— Review of Mother Land Dmetri Kakmi , 2008 single work autobiography
Setting Identity Free Natasha Cica , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 23-24 August 2008; (p. 12)

— Review of Mother Land Dmetri Kakmi , 2008 single work autobiography
Untitled Barbara Cullen , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , June vol. 87 no. 9 2008; (p. 54)

— Review of Mother Land Dmetri Kakmi , 2008 single work autobiography
Untitled Barbara Cullen , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , June vol. 87 no. 9 2008; (p. 54)

— Review of Mother Land Dmetri Kakmi , 2008 single work autobiography
Setting Identity Free Natasha Cica , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 23-24 August 2008; (p. 12)

— Review of Mother Land Dmetri Kakmi , 2008 single work autobiography
Worlds beyond Reckoning Patrick Allington , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 306 2008; (p. 38)

— Review of Mother Land Dmetri Kakmi , 2008 single work autobiography
Narratives of Exile Delia Allen , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 194 2009; (p. 88)

— Review of Mother Land Dmetri Kakmi , 2008 single work autobiography ; Sydney Journals : Reflections 1970-2000 Antigone Kefala , 2008 selected work diary
The Line Between Truth and a Good Story Dmetri Kakmi , 2011 single work biography
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , October no. 212 2011; (p. 10-11)
Last amended 29 Aug 2013 17:19:12
Settings:
  • Tenedos, Aegean Sea, Mediterranean, Europe,
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    Australia,
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  • ca. 1960-1999
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