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5/ «Reality of the Magic of the East»: Hemingway on the Greco-Turkish War and the Refugee Procession in Eastern Thrace

di Çiğdem OĞUZ

Diacronie. Studi di Storia Contemporanea, N. 40, 4|2019

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Douglas Volk (1856-1935), "They shall not perish ... American Committee for relief in the Near East", 1918. 1 print (poster) : lithograph, color. Washington, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. (Public domain)

Douglas Volk (1856-1935), They shall not perish … American Committee for relief in the Near East, 1918. 1 print (poster) : lithograph, color. Washington, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. (Public domain)

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Abstract


Italiano

Ernest Hemingway arrivò in Turchia come corrispondente di guerra per documentare la guerra greco-turca nel 1922, per conto del quotidiano «Toronto Star Daily». Nell’arco di due mesi, visitò Istanbul, Mudanya e la Tracia orientale. Il modo in cui ha descritto la regione, l’atmosfera di guerra, i rifugiati in Tracia e la gente comune in un frangente storico fuori dell’ordinario ha scatenato il dibattito tra storici e critici letterari. Questo articolo analizza in che modo la narrazione della regione da parte di Hemingway, anticonvenzionale ed innovativa, ha dato luogo a interpretazioni contrapposte. In tal modo, il contributo sostiene che la rottura operata da Hemingway rispetto all’immaginario romantico del “magico Oriente” ha reso le sue opere (sia i suoi dispacci giornalistici che i testi letterari) avvincenti e uniche.

Parole chiave: Costantinopoli, Ernest Hemingway, guerra Greco-Turca, narrazioni del Vicino Oriente, rifugiati traci.

 

English

Ernest Hemingway came to Turkey as a war correspondent to cover the Greco-Turkish War in 1922 for the newspaper «Toronto Star Daily». In two months, he visited Istanbul, Mudanya, and Eastern Thrace. The way he depicted the region, atmosphere of war, refugees in Thrace, and ordinary people in extraordinary times has sparked debates among historians and literary critics. This article discusses how Hemingway’s unfamiliar, new narration of the region created controversial interpretations. In doing so, the paper argues that Hemingway’s rupture from the romantic “magical East” imagery made his work (both his dispatches and fiction) compelling and unique.

Keywords: Constantinople, Ernest Hemingway, Greco-Turkish War, Narrating the Near East, Thracian Refugees.

 
 

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Çiğdem Oğuz is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Naples Federico II, Department of Humanities. She has received her PhD degree in 2018 from Boğaziçi University’s Atatürk Institute for Modern Turkish History and Leiden University’s LIAS Turkish Studies Program within the framework of a joint PhD program with a dissertation titled, “The Struggle Within: ‘Moral Crisis’ on the Ottoman Homefront During the First World War.” She was a visiting scholar at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies.

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OĞUZ, Çiğdem, «Reality of the Magic of the East”: Hemingway on the Greco-Turkish War and the Refugee Procession in Eastern Thrace», Diacronie. Studi di Storia Contemporanea, N. 40, 4|2019

URL: <https://www.studistorici.com/2019/12/29/oguz_numero_40/>

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