Harper's Finest — May 29, 2013, 3:57 pm

Rafil Kroll-Zaidi’s “Byzantium” (2012)

Their ears were uncircumcised

Scenes from the Life of Alexander the Great (detail)

Today marks the 460th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks. Celebrate (or lament) by reading Rafil Kroll-Zaidi’s “Byzantium: Their ears were uncircumcised” (May 2012), a brief history of the end of time according to the differing accounts of various parties.

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