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Author Hadjitofi, Tasoula, 1959- author.

Title The icon hunter : a refugee's quest to reclaim her nation's stolen heritage / Tasoula Hadjitofi with Kathy Barrett.

Publication Info. New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    364.16287 HAD    Available
Edition First Pegasus Books edition.
Description xviii, 360 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 347-355).
Contents Introduction: Resurrection -- The set-up -- Here we go again -- the surprise -- Date with a devil -- Refugee -- The dance -- A sign -- Chasing truth -- Happy New Year! -- Baptism by fire -- Life and death -- What lies beneath -- The birth of an icon hunter -- On my own -- No justice -- No peace -- The road to Munich -- Not so funny business -- In the name of the Father -- The return --, tow -- Capturing the gold -- Lessons learned -- Power struggle -- Tactical warfare -- The devil is in the details -- Return of the refugees -- It's criminal -- Civil unrest -- Making peace -- Dealers of God -- Walk of truth -- It ain't over -- Epilogue.
Summary In this powerful memoir, Tasoula Hadjitofi reveals her perilous journey orchestrating "The Munich Case"--one of the largest European art trafficking stings since World War II. Tasoula and her Greek Cypriot family lost everything during the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus. Hundreds of ancient Cypriot churches were destroyed, their contents looted, and all signs of her Greek Cypriot culture erased. As a refugee, she wants justice. Then fate intervenes in the form of an archbishop and a dubious art dealer in search of redemption. Even as unspeakable personal tragedy strikes, she never gives up her search knowing the special place these antiquities hold in the hearts of Orthodox Christians. These icons are not just masterpieces--they are artistic manifestations of faith and a gateway to the divine. As she navigates through the underworld of art trafficking, Tasoula believes this to be her calling, and the Archbishop of Cyprus entrusts her---an ordinary woman, wife, and mother--with the mission. In order to succeed, however, she must place her trust in an art dealer known for his double-dealing. Tasoula places everything on the line to repatriate her country's sacred treasures, unaware that treachery lies in the shadow of her success.--Adapted from jacket.
Subject Hadjitofi, Tasoula, 1959-
Art thefts -- Cyprus.
Art treasures in war -- Cyprus.
Archaeological thefts -- Cyprus.
Cultural property -- Protection -- Cyprus.
Christian art and symbolism -- Cyprus.
Religious articles -- Cyprus.
Cyprus -- History -- Cyprus Crisis, 1974-
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Added Author Barrett, Kathy, author.
ISBN 9781681773230 (hardcover)
1681773236 (hardcover)

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