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The cosmopolitan spirit of the Middle East vanished with the Ottomans

28 August 2021

9:00 AM

28 August 2021

9:00 AM

Lives Between the Lines: A Journey in Search of the Lost Levant Michael Vatikiotis

Weidenfeld & Nicolson, pp.286, 20

One of the most depressing vignettes in Michael Vatikiotis’s agreeably meandering account of his cosmopolitan family’s experiences in the Near East is when he, a former journalist with a sharp eye for detail, visits El Wedy, close to the Nile south of Cairo, where just over a century ago his great-uncle Samuele Sornaga built a hugely successful ceramics works employing 200 people.

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