Without a Country by Ayşe Kulin

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 opport...

Details Without a Country

TitleWithout a Country
Release DateJul 1st, 2018
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Without a Country

  • 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 join him and attempt to adapt to life in their new country. This is a historical fiction book that not only follows generations of a family from the 1930s to present day but also the country of Turkey as it undergoes massive changes throughout the year...
  • 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 instrumental in bringing other displaced Jewish doctors and scientists to staff the new Istanbul University. He and his daughter begin the assimilation process by learning Turkish, while his wife and son continue to see themselves as German. This story of l...
  • 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 for me. But I liked all the generations that I got to read about. Was wishing for a little more at the end. Left it open ended which I didn't like all that much.
  • Kelli
    3.5 StarsI'm not sure what to think of this book. As I first prepared to write this review I was not a huge fan, but in writing a draft of it, my mind has changed just a bit. I originally thought that there was not enough individual character development, and I am still leaning towards this, but now I can see the beauty in seeing how a family and people can change in relation to their country and their government.This book tells the story of a fa...
  • Emma
    When I saw this available as ARC I immediately clicked as I've read and really enjoyed Kulin's Last Train to Istanbul. I don't read a lot of historical fiction, but when I do, this is the kind I enjoy - a good story, but one that opens up a window onto a part of history that perhaps isn't very well known. I knew that as persecution of the Jews in Germany escalated prior to the second world war, many managed to escape and live overseas - I knew fo...
  • 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 second half of the book felt rushed, and much of it felt like a recitation of facts rather than a narrative. A lot of the dialogue felt forced, and there was not much character development in the second half.
  • Thebooktrail
    BookTrail postcard review: I always read Ayse Kulin's books and this was a poignantly painful yet interesting read. I knew practically nothing of the role of Turkey in the 2WW and in the persecution of Jews so this was a real eye opener in many ways. Written in a very accessible and easy-flowing style.
  • Feyzan Dalay
    Tender story - told in a captivating styleA great find to read and reminisce the mosaic of Istanbul’s people. Glad to see that the contributions of German men and women to the Turkish society in the early days of the Republic is recognized.
  • Betty Hattan
    A great readFrom start to finish I enjoyed this book. Every single character was interesting. As the book progressed I got into the story more and more. I am sorry it is finished.
  • J&S Rosten
    Historical novelInteresting read following immigration of Jews from Germany to Turkey, set against the backdrop of history from World War 2 to modern times, following one foamy through generations. How does one define nationality & religion?
  • Alicia
    Somewhere between a 3 and a 4. Started very strong, interesting plot line, but lost steam and focus in the second half.