A first collection of short stories by award-winning Cypriot poet and writer Nora Nadjarian. For the title story ‘Ledra Street’, Nadjarian created a fictional fatal accident whose absurdity mirrors the tragic lack of logic with which a street in Nicosia has been cut in half by the partition of the capital city. The story was Runner-Up in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition in 2001.
The stories in Ledra Street range from evocative single lines to sardonic yet compassionate accounts of life in the world’s last divided capital. Whether she writes about couples falling in and out of love or recreates the lonely world of the foreign worker in Cyprus, Nora Nadjarian’s short stories come straight from the heart. Included in the collection are the award-winning stories ‘Spoon Sweet’ and ‘No-Man’s-Land’, and a number of the stories have been previously published in literary magazines and other publications in the UK, the United States, India and New Zealand.
Nora Nadjarian has already published three collections of poetry and her work has won prizes or been commended in various international competitions, including the Scottish International Open Poetry Competition, the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, and most recently in the Féile Filíochta International Poetry Competition 2005 (Ireland). Her work has been recommended in an article in The Guardian (1st May 2004), on the literature of the new member states of the European Union, where she was described by Julian Evans as “… a Limassol-born poet whose work is gaining followers outside Cyprus.”
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