Tamama: The Missing Girl of Pontos

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Tamama: The Missing Girl of Pontos is the English translation of a novel originally written in Greek by author Georgios Andreadis. The story revolves around a young girl named Tamama who was lost during the deportation/relocation of Greeks in Turkey during the Greek Genocide. Some of these surviving deportees were taken in by Turkish Muslim families who kept quiet about the incidents for decades.

And so it was in 1916 that Tamama found refuge in a Turkish home, but in her old age, began to speak her native tongue and yearned to return to her ancestral roots. This true story shows that identity isn't lost even until death. The story of Tamama was adapted into the 2003 film directed by Yeşim Ustaoğlu titled Waiting for the Clouds (Bulutlari Beklerken) which is available as a DVD.

In 1997, the book was published in Turkish under the title Tamama: Pontus'un Yitik Kızı with a translation by Ragip Zarakolu. The original Greek version is titled Ταμάμα: Η Αγνοούμενη του Πόντου. tamama turkish


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