Love in the Days of Rebellion (häftad)
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Brendan Freely, Yelda Turedi
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Love in the Days of Rebellion

Häftad,  Engelska, 2020-11-26
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The second instalment in the Ottoman Quartetthe masterful saga of Turkish history by Ahmet Altanfollows 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 sultans personal physician. The reason for his extreme gesture is, to forget the extremely beautiful and proud Mehpare Hanm, 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 howover a hundred years laterthe events and wounds of that time still resonate in the tensions and contradictions of todays Turkey.
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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 Istanbulthe corrupt, violent and authoritarian core of a failing empire." * Asymptote (on Like a Sword Wound) * A really powerful book. Its epic, but it also reminded me of Joyces Dubliners: theres an intimacy there with characters and places * BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking (on Like a Sword Wound) *

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Ahmet Altan is a Turkish novelist and political columnist. He was arrested in the purge following the failed coup in July 2016, accused of sending out subliminal messages. In February 2018 he was sentenced to life in prison for attempting to overthrow the government. In November 2019 he was released pending his appeal but re-arrested three days later. He is the author of ten novels, including Like a Sword Wound (Europa Editions, 2018), Endgame (Canongate, 2016), and prison memoir I Will Never See the World Again (Granta, 2019).