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Brush on up your history with "Echoes from the Dead Zone"

Madeline Blount
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Cyprus' recent history can be impossible to peg down -- a British colony? Then a coup from Greece? Then invasion from Turkey? Or was it the other way around? Or was it even an invasion? I've tried not to get my history backwards, as it can rightfully bruise some sensitivities and ruin a shared souvlaki. A good summary, quick reading, and some vibrant oral history is in Yiannis Papadakis' book "Echoes from the Dead Zone." The book includes stories about donkey protests, when some Cypriots sent donkeys (without passports, of course!) across the UN border checkpoints to protest the continuing division.

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