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Smyrna Catastrophe in literature from Hemingway to Henry Miller

On 13 September, 1922, the Turkish nationalist army lit four fires around the perimeter of the Armenian neighborhood in Smyrna, which eventually spread and engulfed much of the city

Nobel Prize laureate Ernest Hemingway begins his account of the Smyrna Catastrophe by attempting to confuse the reader.

  • Dean Kalimniou
  • Neos Kosmos

Who are ‘they’ and who are ‘we’, and what is the connection between the speaker and the ‘we’ in the harbour, or between the speaker and the events he describes?

It is only as the piece unfolds that we begin to understand that Hemingway is describing the plight of …

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