A thrilling tale which moves back and forth through time, from the early days of Byzantium to the thriving metropolis of Istanbul... A corpse is discovered at the base of the statue of Ataturk in old Istanbul, an antique coin left in its hand... But it's not to be the last corpse and the bodies soon begin to pile up... And so the hunt for the killers begins... Seven murders, seven sovereigns, seven coins and seven ancient monuments, with one thread binding them all: the history of one of the world's most mysterious and most dazzling cities.
"The sea was shrouded in a mist, our boat hidden from view. Istanbul was lost in the mist. Only the minarets of Sultanahmet Mosque, the dome of the Hagia Sophia and the turrets of Topkapi Palace were visible above the haze. The city seemed unblemished and pure, unharmed and untouched, the white mist veiling anything and everything which could blight the view. It was a vision from an ancient myth emerging for a fleeting moment before the l ...Devamı
Reha Çamuroglu has always been known to tackle controversial issues in ingenious and highly clever ways. Now this best selling author turns his pen to the assassination attempt of Abdulhamid II. On the 21st of July, 1905, just as the Sultan is about to leave the Hamidiye Mosque after the Friday prayers, a heavy explosion shakes up the Yıldız Palace.
The mission: eliminating the Red Sultan. The suspects: Armenian conspirators.
But what role does the Belgian anarchist play in this scheme? And will the Turkish special agent figure out his plans on time?
Reha Çamuroğlu's powerful take on this assassination plot not only shines a light to the last days of Abulhamid II, it gracefully ponders at the attempts to bring down an empire as its end draws near. Inspired from a verse by the most important poet ot his time, Tevfik Fikret, A Momentary Delay is an exhilarating, enticing novel. ...Devamı
The tales in this book, I heard from my mother. My mother heard them from a storyteller nearly sixty years ago. It seems my grandfather never thought twice about hiring a storyteller to warm the cockles of his little girls heart. She listened to many stories, though she couldn't always recall them, she passed many along to me, as well, though I couldnt recall them all either. To tell the truth, I had long since forgotten even the stories in this book. Years later, I returned to my father's house in Antep and my mother just so, happened to tell them again to me. I was captivated by the beauty of the stories laid before me. To her credit, my mother was a superb storyteller, but it wasnt just my mother's eloquence that affected me. The secret to the beauty of these stories lays hidden in their striking literary form and the profound messages in their content. The basic nature of humankind so matter-offactiy unfolded in front of one's eyes, it was impossible not to admire these narr ...Devamı
Cemile, a love story, is speaking out the struggle of the poor for survival and resistance. Orhan Kemal is telling the story of the naive love between a Bosnian girl, Cemile who is a worker and a poor clerk Necati, emphasizing the power of solidarity and friendship against the poverty and hostility. With his straightforward style, Orhan Kemal is portraying Cemile as a striking painting.
Cemile, is among his unforgettable works. Orhan tail's titles are amongst those rare treasures one encounters in life. Only a few other authors can impress and shape the reader he does. Orhan Kemal shows us the way to gain hope and be optimistic again. ...Devamı
This forceful novel by Radi Dikici is the first to explore the Rill scope of Empress Theodora's reign, complete with surviving documents that record the forty-eight years of her life. Amongst the women that ruled the world as queens, tsarinas, sultans, and the , there has never been an empress as powerful as Theodora. She alone seized the crown for herself and everyone else acknowledged her royalty. History portrayed her as a woman indulging in her sexuality, assuming that there is smoke, there is fire; but also applauded her as an empress that saved the Byzantium Empire from sudden threats with her strong will. In this enchanting novel, the reader will see both the weaknesses and the triumphs of Theodora and be dragged alone to the captivating schemes of the Byzantium Empire. ...Devamı
"When I stayed at the farm over the weekends, Zelha's grandfather used to gather his grandchildren and myself around him regaling us with his memories. Not only
did he tell us the stories but the embellished them with appropriate folk songs. We girls preferred the stories involving love and the boys liked the war epics. These incredible unknown details would explain why the Kurds and the Turks both stayed together and confronted each other." ...Devamı
A Mansion in Occupied İstanbul Best Novel Award 2008. Set in İstanbul during the last days of the Empire, Ayşe Kulin's novel accounts the collapse of the Ottomans. It is a story of human suffering and tragedy.
By choosing to tell her story of an era through the eyes of a particular family living in a particular mansion in a city besieged, Ayşe Kulin follows in the tradition of the great historical novel. ...Devamı
Bursa prison, mid-winter 1940. Two prisoners meet, both writers, both serving long sentences for allegedly inciting Turkish soldiers to mutiny. One is Turkey's most famous poet, Nazım Hikmet. The other is a young, aspiring poet, Orhan Kemal, who now finds himself sharing a celi with the man whose work he has long admired.
Orhan Kemal in Jail with Nazım Hikmet examines the background to the imprisonment of a number of emerging and established writers at a turbulent time in Turkey's history and the way politics shaped the literary canon. No is this more evident than in the writings of two people: Nazım Hikmet in poetry and Orhan Kemal in prose.
The second part of the volume, Three and a half Years with Nazım Hikmet, is a collection of reminiscences Orhan Kemal describes how the older poet inspired him to become one of Turkey's most popular and successful short story writers and novelists. ...Devamı
Son Osmanlı paşalarından Fazıl Reşat'ın kızı Selva ile, aşık olduğu Musevi genci Rafael, evlenmelerine karşı çıkan aileleri tarafından dışlanınca Fransa'ya giderler. Ancak burada da huzur bulamayacak, İkinci Dünya Savaşı'nın başlamasıyla, bu kez de Hitler'in ağına takılacaklardır.
Etraflarını saran Nazi çemberi gitgide daralırken, her an tutuklanıp kamplara yollanma korkusuyla yaşamaktadırlar...
İşte tam o yıllarda Türkiye, savaşın ateşine bulaşmadan, Almanlarla Müttefikler arasında gerili ince ipte, bir cambaz maharetiyle yürümeye çalışmaktadır...
Ayşe Kulin bu yeni romanında, hem ülkeyi savaşın ortasından başarıyla geçiren kadronun hem de Selva ile Rafael'in zor aşkının peşine düşerek, İstanbul'dan Marsilya'ya, Ankara'dan Kahire'ye kadar uzanırken, kendi canları pahasına yüzlerce Yahudi'yi Nazi kıyımından kurtaran Türk diplomatlarının kahramanlıklarını da gün ışığına çıkarıyor... ...Devamı