Without a Country

Without a Country

From the international bestselling author of Last Train to Istanbul comes a novel based on true events that explores the depths of pride, devotion, and persistence as four generations of a family struggle to forge their destinies.

As Hitler’s reign of terror begins to loom large over Germany, Gerhard and Elsa Schliemann—like other German Jews—must flee with their children in search of sanctuary. But life elsewhere in Europe offers few opportunities for medical professor Gerhard and his fellow scientists. Then they discover an unexpected haven in Turkey, where universities and hospitals welcome them as valuable assets.

But despite embracing their adopted land, personal and political troubles persist. Military coups bring unrest and uncertainty to the country, intermarriage challenges the cultural identity of Gerhard and Elsa’s descendants, and anti-Semitism once again threatens their future in the place they call home.

From World War II to the age of social media, one family’s generations find their way through love and loss, sacrifice and salvation, tragedy and triumph—with knowledge hard won and passion heartfelt.

Title:Without a Country
ISBN:9781503900974
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About Ayşe Kulin

Ayşe Kulin is a Turkish contemporary novelist and columnist.


    Without a Country Reviews

  • Katie B

    By the early 1930s, Gerhard Schliemann knows that his family is no longer safe living in Germany because they are Jewish. He eventually finds employment in Turkey and soon his wife and two children jo...

  • Lilisa

    Thanks to Kenneth Dakan for translating Ayse Kulin’s book from the original Turkish publication and giving readers the opportunity to experience Turkey over four generations with a Jewish family - t...

  • Jeanette

    Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres, especially stories where Jews and the Nazis are concerned. This book was a little different to many stories that i have read, mainly due to the family...

  • Gail Smith

    This family saga begins as a German pathologist learns that he must leave Berlin immediately: Hitler is beginning to round up Jews. He and his family eventually relocate to Turkey, where he is instrum...

  • Sarah

    I’m assuming that something was lost in translation with this book. The story had to potential to be a great one, but it seemed like the author was trying to tell too much in not enough pages. The s...

  • Barbara

    This was my choice for the Amazon Prime 'free' book for June and I chose it because I'd previously read 'Rose of Sarajevo' by the same author and recognised the name. Unfortunately I found the book ra...

  • Liesbeth

    I openly admit defeat on this book, and I’ve given up half way through. It’s not a part of history I know much about and I was looking forward to learning more. However the characters are poorly d...

  • Carol

    Very well written This book was very well written. It kept me wanting to continue to read it. Historical fiction seems to be my favorite genre, because I learn at the same time as I’m entertained. T...

  • Rachel Abarca-Contreras

    ShockingI’ll be honest: I was intrigued, then bored, then interested, then bored, then bored again, then suddenly intrigued, heartbroken, sympathetic and empathetic. The journey through 4 generation...

  • Nicole Patterson

    2.5 stars for this book. I really enjoy books set in the 1930s. This one was a little different then I was expecting it to be. There was a lot of history about Turkey which was a little slow reading f...