Love in the Days of Rebellion - The Ottoman Quartet (Paperback)
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Love in the Days of Rebellion - The Ottoman Quartet (Paperback)

(author), (translator), (translator)
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Paperback 496 Pages / Published: 26/11/2020
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The second instalment in the Ottoman Quartet-the masterful saga of Turkish history by Ahmet Altan-follows the vast and vivid cast of characters introduced in the first volume of the series, Like A Sword Wound. By weaving together tortured love affairs, political intrigue, power struggles, and social upheavals, the novel offers a powerful and vivid tableau of the crisis of the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century. The second instalment opens with the attempted suicide of Hikmet Bey, the son of the sultan's personal physician. The reason for his extreme gesture is, to forget the extremely beautiful and proud Mehpare Hanim, his wife and the cause of all his suffering. While Hikmet recovers in a hospital in Thessaloniki, slowly regaining his strength and will to live, radical changes are afoot in the Ottoman capital. The power of the sultan is eroding, a rebellion is brewing, and violence erupts on the streets of Istanbul. It is the eve of one of the key events that will lead to the collapse of the Empire: the countercoup of 1909. With striking clarity and imaginative power, Altan evokes the traumas and upheavals of Ottoman history, showing how-over a hundred years later-the events and wounds of that time still resonate in the tensions and contradictions of today's Turkey.

Publisher: Europa Editions (UK) Ltd
ISBN: 9781787702479
Number of pages: 496
Dimensions: 210 x 135 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Ahmet Altan is one of the foremost voices in Turkish literature and has much to say to the world." -- Elif Shafak
"An impassioned, captivating dance, a waltz between death and desire that does not release you for even a single moment." -- Philippe Sands
"Sweeping and superbly written, Love in the Days of Rebellion sheds light on one of the most painful and overlooked chapters of Ottoman history, perfectly combining literature and historiography." -- Medioriente e dintorni
"The entire novel radiates with extreme beauty." * Critica Letteraria *
"A breathless portrait of late-19th century Istanbul-the corrupt, violent and authoritarian core of a failing empire." * Asymptote (on Like a Sword Wound) *
"A really powerful book. It's epic, but it also reminded me of Joyce's Dubliners: there's an intimacy there with characters and places..." * BBC Radio 3 - Free Thinking (on Like a Sword Wound) *

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“Volume 2”

I enjoyed the first volume (Like a Sword Wound) of the projected quartet of which this is the second part, but it's here that Altan seems to come into his own. Sword Wound feels like the introduction and now the... More

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“Volume 2”

I enjoyed the first volume (Like a Sword Wound) of the projected quartet of which this is the second part, but it's here that Altan seems to come into his own. Sword Wound feels like the introduction and now the... More

Paperback edition
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