Tasoula Hadjitofi was only a child when her homeland, Cyprus, was invaded. As bombs fell and soldiers marched through the streets, her mother stood guard, reminding her children to not be afraid?not of the bombs or anything else that may follow. They would always have their family and their faith. Soon thereafter, Tasoula found herself homeless and nation-less. A refugee.
Decades later, she's a successful entrepreneur and the Honorary Consul of Cyprus in The Netherlands . But family and faith have remained her touchstones?and she's never lost her longing for "home" or for the gorgeous Cypriot churches and their icons. One day, a dubious art dealer offers her a chance to buy stolen sacred artifacts looted from Cyprus during the war. Icons hold a special place in the hearts of Orthodox Christians. They are not just masterpieces?they are artistic manifestations of faith and a gateway to the divine.
Outraged, Tasoula sets out on a quest to repatriate these artifacts. An immensely legally challenging and expensive undertaking, as provenance of icons are and other holy artifacts are easily manipulated by corrupt dealers and greedy auction houses. Taking on these "merchants of God" will test Tasoula's fortitude and threaten her safety, yet she feels this mission is her calling. In this book, she reveals her perilous road to “The Munich Case”?the largest art trafficking sting in European history since WWII?which is filled with mind games, subterfuge, global politics, and as shady figure named Van Rijn, whose motives are never entirely clear...
By turns heart-pounding and inspiring, The Icon Hunter is a powerful and gripping story that will resonate long after the final page.
|Title||:||The Icon Hunter: One Woman's Quest to Repatriate Her Stolen Cultural Heritage|
|Number of Pages||:||400 pages|
Tasoula Hadjitofi experienced the Turkish invasion and occupation of Cyprus, her homeland, when she was a child. More than five hundred churches and monasteries were destroyed and looted of icons, mos...