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The Icon Hunter: A Refugee's Quest to Reclaim Her Nation's Stolen Heritage Paperback – 14 August 2018

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 1681778009
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ *Norton agency titles; 1st edition (14 August 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9781681778006
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1681778006
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 2.79 x 22.86 cm
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The Icon Hunter is not only a quest for justice but for spirituality as well. Tasoula Hadjitofi achieves both. She is truly brave and her work is a shining example to us all that a persevering woman is a force to reckon with. In the age of ISIS and the routine destruction of historic sites, art, and artifacts, Tasoula's work is timely and an inspiration for all who care to preserve the human legacy of art. I simply cannot wait for this story to be turned into a movie. As a book, it is impossible to put down.--Ayaan Hirsi Ali, New York Times bestselling author of "Infidel" and "Heretic"

Equal parts memoir and detective story. Tasoula Hadjitofi is a proud, intelligent, resourceful, and brave woman who refuses to allow injustice to stand; she is a warrior in the battle to protect the world's cultural heritage from those who would destroy it or seek to profit from it.

A gripping memoir. Hadjitofi exposes the 'underworld of art traffickers' with intricate detail as she documents all the legal loopholes and battles that stand in the way of repatriating stolen artifacts. The book is a powerful and important chronicle of art trafficking and its impact on the lives of those torn apart by war, and Hadjitofi is a caring and exacting storyteller.

Best suited to readers interested in Cypriot history, high-end art trafficking, and the daunting challenges of protecting cultural heritage in conflict zones.

Hadjitofi's journey is endearing, and she brings the plight of the Cypriots into sharper focus. An intimate trek into the venal world of art looting and selling.

In a memoir that reads like a high-stakes mystery, Cypriot refugee Tasoula Hadjitofi struggles to find her rightful place in the world and to return the religious treasures of her homeland to theirs. Along the way, her compelling personal tale illustrates the devastating cultural, historic, spiritual and moral consequences of illegal art trafficking.--Nicholas Gage, author of 'Eleni' and 'Greek Fire'

Tasoula Hadjitofi's life is the stuff of novels, providing perfect material for her memoir.

About the Author

Tasoula Hadjitofi was born in Famagusta, Cyprus. In 1974, she and her family were forced to flee their home due to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and the outbreak of war. Tasoula has served as the Honorary Consul of Cyprus in The Netherlands and while holding this office she spent more than two decades recovering the stolen cultural and religious heritage of her homeland. Her efforts culminated in the 1997 “Munich Case,” one of the largest art trafficking sting operations in European history. She is the founder of Walk Of Truth, a non-governmental organization whose mission is to raise awareness about the importance of preserving cultural heritage in conflict areas. She lives in the Netherlands with her family.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A highly versatile memoir with something for everyone, though it reads like a high stakes mystery!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tasoula Hadjitfi is beyond amazing in her quest to reclaim her nations artifacts and ...
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