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Sultanic Saviors and Tolerant Turks

Sultanic Saviors and Tolerant Turks [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0253045436
Publisher: Indiana University Press
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Sultanic Saviors and Tolerant Turks by Book Resume:

An examination of why Jews promote a positive image of Ottomans and Turks while denying the Armenian genocide and the existence of antisemitism in Turkey. Based on historical narrative, the Jews expelled from Spain in 1492 were embraced by the Ottoman Empire and then, later, protected from the Nazis during WWII. If we believe that Turks and Jews have lived in harmony for so long, then how can we believe that the Turks could have committed genocide against the Armenians? Marc David Baer confronts these convictions and circumstances to reflect on what moral responsibility the descendants of the victims of one genocide have to the descendants of victims of another. Baer delves into the history of Muslim-Jewish relations in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey to find the origin of these myths. He aims to foster reconciliation between Jews, Muslims, and Christians, not only to face inconvenient historical facts but to confront, accept, and deal with them. By looking at the complexities of interreligious relations, Holocaust denial, genocide and ethnic cleansing, and confronting some long-standing historical stereotypes, Baer aims to tell a new history that goes against Turkish antisemitism and admits to the Armenian genocide. “[Baer] demonstrates not only his erudition and knowledge of the sources but his courage on confronting a major myth of Ottoman history and current Turkish politics: the tolerance and defense of Jews by the Ottoman and Turkish state.” —Ronald Grigor Suny, editor of A Question of Genocide “A very significant study regarding the origins of violence and its denial in Turkey through the empirical study of not only antisemitism, but also its connection to genocide denial.” —Fatma Müge Göçek, author of The Transformation of Turkey

Grand Dishes

Grand Dishes [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1800180012
Author: Iska Lupton,Anastasia Miari
Publisher: Unbound Publishing
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Grand Dishes by Iska Lupton,Anastasia Miari Book Resume:

This is not a book about what it’s like to be old. It’s about what it’s like to have lived. There is no food quite like a grandmother’s time-perfected dish. Inspired by their own grandmothers – and the love they shared through the food they served – Anastasia Miari and Iska Lupton embarked on a mission: from Corfu to Cuba, Moscow to New Orleans, and many more in between, they set out to capture cooking methods, regional recipes and timeless wisdom from grandmothers around the world. The result is Grand Dishes, a journey across four years of cooking with the world’s grandmothers, a preservation not just of recipes but of the stories – told through the dishes – that have seasoned these grandmothers’ lives. Featured alongside are contributions from celebrated chefs and food writers, each with their own grandmother’s recipe to share. Rich with the insight that age brings, elegant portraits, diverse recipes, and techniques unique to a region, a grandmother and her family, this is a book to pass down through generations.


Warrenpoint [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1564789845
Author: Denis Donoghue
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
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Warrenpoint by Denis Donoghue Book Resume:

A novelistic “family romance” from a key figure in contemporary literature, focusing with lyrical detail on his coming of age in Northern Ireland. Warrenpoint is a memoir, and more than a memoir: with moments of novelistic narrative and lyricism wedded to musings on the aesthetic and theological themes of the author’s coming of age—filial piety, original sin, a child’s perceptions, and then the nature of terrorism, and of reading itself—it demonstrates the same insight and lucidity that have contributed to Denis Donoghue’s fame as one of our most important critics. Taking its title from the seaside town in Northern Ireland whose police barracks served as the residence for the Catholic Donoghues, it has been described as a family romance, dealing not only with the author’s love for his strong-willed, taciturn, policeman father, but his love for literature and how it shaped his life to come.

An Unwritten Novel: Fernando Pessoa's The Book of Disquiet

An Unwritten Novel: Fernando Pessoa's The Book of Disquiet [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1564789837
Author: Thomas Cousineau
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
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An Unwritten Novel: Fernando Pessoa's The Book of Disquiet by Thomas Cousineau Book Resume:

A richly insightful guide to Fernando Pessoa’s masterpiece, for both students and the common reader. “Anything and everything, depending on how one sees it, is a marvel or a hindrance, an all or a nothing, a path or a problem,” says Bernardo Soares, the putative author of Fernando Pessoa’s classic The Book of Disquiet. Thomas Cousineau’s An Unwritten Novel offers the general reader, as well as students and teachers, an “Ariadne’s thread” that will help them to find their way through this labyrinthine masterpiece: a self-proclaimed “factless autobiography” in which all the expected elements of the contemporary novel remain “unwritten.”


Waltz [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1564789853
Author: Francesc Trabal
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
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Waltz by Francesc Trabal Book Resume:

An occasionally absurd comedy of indecision and indolence from a maverick early modern. First published in 1936, and considered one of the most innovative and significant novels written in Catalan, Waltz tells the tale of an idle, introspective, and somewhat oblivious young “man without qualities” as he stumbles through a milieu of civic upheaval and bourgeois tragedy as he waltzes from one prospective bride to another, never willing to compromise his ideals, and so never quite becoming an adult. With one foot in the romanticism of Goethe or Kleist, and another in the wildly differing takes on the modern novel provided by Aldous Huxley, James Joyce, and Marcel Proust, respectively, Waltz is an occasionally absurd comedy of indecision and indolence structured in imitation of the dance from which it takes its title.

Those Whom I Would Like to Meet Again

Those Whom I Would Like to Meet Again [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1564789705
Author: Giedra Radvilaviciute
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
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Those Whom I Would Like to Meet Again by Giedra Radvilaviciute Book Resume:

Ten stories on the border of fiction and essay, in which the experiences of life “are unrecognizably transformed, like the flour, eggs, nuts, and apples in a cake.” In ten of her best essay-stories, Giedra Radvilavičiūtė travels between the ridiculous and the sublime, the everyday and the extraordinary. In the place of plot, which the author claims to have had “shot and buried with the proper honors,” the reader finds a dense, subtly interwoven structure of memory and reality, banalities and fantasy, all served up with a good dollop of absurdity and humor. We travel from the old town of Vilnius to Chicago’s Brighton Park neighborhood, from the seaside to a local delicatessen, all in a narrative collage as exquisitely detailed as a bouquet of flowers. As in all of her work, Radvilavičiūtė plays with the genres of fiction and nonfiction, essay and short story, in which the experiences of life “are unrecognizably transformed, like the flour, eggs, nuts, and apples in a cake.”

Wasabi for Breakfast

Wasabi for Breakfast [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1564789667
Author: Foumiko Kometani
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
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Wasabi for Breakfast by Foumiko Kometani Book Resume:

These touching novellas detail the difficulties of a Japanese woman to both adapt to her new life in the United States without abandoning ties to her family and community back home. This book collects two novellas by the noted Japanese painter: “Family Business” and “1,001 Pillars of Flame.” In the first, Megumi—like the author, a long-time resident of the United States—pays a visit to her now eighty-seven-year-old mother in Japan. After so many years living abroad, Megumi simply can't understand contemporary Japan, and when her nephew runs away from home, and her elderly mother gives chase, Megumi finds herself having to relearn Japanese survival skills in an effort to bring them home safely. In “1,001 Pillars of Fire,” another Japanese-American woman, Yu, has been living in California for decades—which makes it all the more painful that she’s just as subject to discrimination now as ever. When, in the wake of the Rodney King trial, LA’s African-American population begins to riot, Yu learns just how much damage exclusion can do—finding it even within her own family.

Villa Bunker

Villa Bunker [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1564789829
Author: Sebastien Brebel
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
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Villa Bunker by Sebastien Brebel Book Resume:

A dilapidated seaside villa whose interior opens upon a landscape of memory and madness is the setting for this story about the ways our homes come to define our personalities. The narrator of Villa Bunker receives letters, dozens of them, written by his mother in an isolated seaside villa, which tell of his parents’ troubles in this uninhabitable house, which is soon to become a kind of labyrinth roamed by memories and long-buried feelings. At first the narrator’s parents fret most about the villa’s physical deterioration, but soon their own psychological deterioration becomes the inescapable focus of their stories. Is their joint madness due to the villa’s aberrant architecture? Or is the isolation of the villa to blame? Or were they mad all along? The narrator is left to decipher the clues, himself in turn becoming prey to his own house, which like memory and time, seems in a state of permanent metamorphosis.

When Adam Opens His Eyes

When Adam Opens His Eyes [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1564789497
Author: Jang Jung-il
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
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When Adam Opens His Eyes by Jang Jung-il Book Resume:

First published in 1990, this is a sensational and highly controversial novel by one of Korea’s most electrifying contemporary authors, which plows through contemporaneous Korean mores with aplomb. First published in 1990, this is a sensational and highly controversial novel by one of Korea’s most electrifying contemporary authors. A preposterous coming-of-age story, melding sex, death, and high school in a manner reminiscent of some perverse collision between Georges Bataille and Beverly Cleary, the narrator of this book plows through contemporaneous Korean mores with aplomb, bound for destruction, or maturity—whichever comes first.

Waiting: stories

Waiting: stories [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1564789373
Author: Dumitru Tsepeneag
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
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Waiting: stories by Dumitru Tsepeneag Book Resume:

Though best known now for his novels, this collection of pre-exile short stories by the renowned Romanian author and “onirist” not only show Dumitru Tsepeneag at his best, but provide a glimpse into the secret history of surrealism uunder the brutal regime of Nicolae Ceauşescu. Though best known now for his novels, this collection of pre-exile short stories by the renowned Romanian author and “onirist” not only show Dumitru Tsepeneag at his best, but provide a glimpse into the secret history of surrealism uunder the brutal regime of Nicolae Ceauşescu. In these stories, life is both banal and bizarre, on the verge of breaking down, like a film loop played once too often, with the hot glare of irrationality always waiting to burn through. Looking forward to Vain Art of the Fugue and back to Breton, Waiting is a subversive delicacy.

Adventures on the High Seas

Adventures on the High Seas [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1664223231
Author: Joyce D. Giguere
Publisher: WestBow Press
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Adventures on the High Seas by Joyce D. Giguere Book Resume:

Summary of the book Joyce, a retired registered dietitian and pastor’s wife, found herself in a remarkable situation. She and her husband Jack, embarked upon an unusual “call” to the mission field. They had always thoroughly enjoyed cruise travel with opportunities to engage others; so, while she recovered from recent surgery, they took a cruise through the Panama Canal. When Sunday approached and unable to attend the on-board service she suggested that Jack go alone. Upon returning, he said, “I would like to become a cruise chaplain?” Always ready for an adventure and Jack, now a chaplain on board, they found themselves on an amazing journey with Holland America’s four months Grand World Cruise, circumventing the globe for five consecutive years. This is the first of five journals full of adventure, inspiration, and awe as she views the world, not as a travel guide, but through impressions of the physical beauty of the planet and the people who inhabit it. It also highlights her relationships as a passenger, friend and support to her busy husband on call 24/7 for every on-board spiritual need imaginable. She will lead you through adventures sometimes harrowing, often frustrating and truly fantastic. It promises to be both engaging and memorable.


Istanbul [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0307386481
Author: Orhan Pamuk
Publisher: Vintage
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Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk Book Resume:

A shimmering evocation, by turns intimate and panoramic, of one of the world’s great cities, by its foremost writer. Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul and still lives in the family apartment building where his mother first held him in her arms. His portrait of his city is thus also a self-portrait, refracted by memory and the melancholy–or hüzün– that all Istanbullus share: the sadness that comes of living amid the ruins of a lost empire.With cinematic fluidity, Pamuk moves from his glamorous, unhappy parents to the gorgeous, decrepit mansions overlooking the Bosphorus; from the dawning of his self-consciousness to the writers and painters–both Turkish and foreign–who would shape his consciousness of his city. Like Joyce’s Dublin and Borges’ Buenos Aires, Pamuk’s Istanbul is a triumphant encounter of place and sensibility, beautifully written and immensely moving.

The Djinn In The Nightingale's Eye

The Djinn In The Nightingale's Eye [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1448162793
Author: A S Byatt
Publisher: Random House
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The Djinn In The Nightingale's Eye by A S Byatt Book Resume:

A S Byatt's fairy tales and fables are among the best-loved features of her fiction. Innumerable readers have asked for the two marvellous fairy tales in POSSESSION - 'The Glass Coffin' and 'Gode's Tale' of the Breton Naie des Trepasses - to be published seperately. Here they take their place with three other stories with medieval and oriental settings. The title story, 'The Djinn and the Nightingale's Eye', a long story about an Englishwoman in Turkey who unwittingly releases a genie from his bottle, is a reflection on women's lives, on magic and on the power of storytelling itself.

Istanbul Istanbul

Istanbul Istanbul [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1682190390
Author: Burhan Sönmez
Publisher: OR Books
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Istanbul Istanbul by Burhan Sönmez Book Resume:

“Istanbul, Istanbul turns on the tension between the confines of a prison cell and the vastness of the imagination; between the vulnerable borders of the body and the unassailable depths of the mind. This is a harrowing, riveting novel, as unforgettable as it is inescapable.” —Dale Peck, author of Visions and Revisions “A wrenching love poem to Istanbul told between torture sessions by four prisoners in their cell beneath the city. An ode to pain in which Dostoevsky meets The Decameron.” —John Ralston Saul, author of On Equilibrium; former president, PEN International “Istanbul is a city of a million cells, and every cell is an Istanbul unto itself.” Below the ancient streets of Istanbul, four prisoners—Demirtay the student, the doctor, Kamo the barber, and Uncle Küheylan—sit, awaiting their turn at the hands of their wardens. When they are not subject to unimaginable violence, the condemned tell one another stories about the city, shaded with love and humor, to pass the time. Quiet laughter is the prisoners’ balm, delivered through parables and riddles. Gradually, the underground narrative turns into a narrative of the above-ground. Initially centered around people, the book comes to focus on the city itself. And we discover there is as much suffering and hope in the Istanbul above ground as there is in the cells underground. Despite its apparently bleak setting, this novel—translated into seventeen languages—is about creation, compassion, and the ultimate triumph of the imagination.

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 163557448X
Author: Elif Shafak
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak Book Resume:

Shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize Named a Best Book of the Year by Bookpage, NPR, Washington Post, and The Economist A moving novel on the power of friendship in our darkest times, from internationally renowned writer and speaker Elif Shafak. In the pulsating moments after she has been murdered and left in a dumpster outside Istanbul, Tequila Leila enters a state of heightened awareness. Her heart has stopped beating but her brain is still active-for 10 minutes 38 seconds. While the Turkish sun rises and her friends sleep soundly nearby, she remembers her life-and the lives of others, outcasts like her. Tequila Leila's memories bring us back to her childhood in the provinces, a highly oppressive milieu with religion and traditions, shaped by a polygamous family with two mothers and an increasingly authoritarian father. Escaping to Istanbul, Leila makes her way into the sordid industry of sex trafficking, finding a home in the city's historic Street of Brothels. This is a dark, violent world, but Leila is tough and open to beauty, light, and the essential bonds of friendship. In Tequila Leila's death, the secrets and wonders of modern Istanbul come to life, painted vividly by the captivating tales of how Leila came to know and be loved by her friends. As her epic journey to the afterlife comes to an end, it is her chosen family who brings her story to a buoyant and breathtaking conclusion.

Oracle Of Stamboul

Oracle Of Stamboul [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1443405086
Author: Michael David Lukas
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
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Oracle Of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas Book Resume:

Late in the summer of 1877, as the tsar’s royal cavalry descends on the defenseless Ottoman outpost of Constanta, and a flock of purple and white hoopoes suddenly appears over the town, Eleonora Cohen is brought into the world by a mysterious pair of Tartar midwives who arrive only minutes before the birth. Eleonora, whose mother dies during labour, is raised by her father, Yakob, a carpet merchant, and her stern and resentful stepmother. From the moment Eleonora learns to read, her father recognizes that she is an extraordinarily gifted child, a prodigy. When Yakob sets off by boat for Stamboul on business, his eight-year-old daughter, unable to bear the separation, stows away in one of his trunks crammed with carpets. On the shores of the Bosporus, in the house of her father’s business partner, Moncef Bey, a new life awaits Eleonora. Books, backgammon, sumptuous new dresses, markets, cafés and some mysterious events she cannot yet decipher. For in Stamboul in 1886, people are not always what they seem. Marvellously evocative and magical, Michael David Lukas’s bestselling historical novel will transport readers to another time and place—romantic, exotic, yet perhaps not so different from our own.

There Was and There Was Not

There Was and There Was Not [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0805097635
Author: Meline Toumani
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
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There Was and There Was Not by Meline Toumani Book Resume:

A young Armenian-American goes to Turkey in a "love thine enemy" experiment that becomes a transformative reflection on how we use—and abuse—our personal histories Meline Toumani grew up in a close-knit Armenian community in New Jersey where Turkish restaurants were shunned and products made in Turkey were boycotted. The source of this enmity was the Armenian genocide of 1915 at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish government, and Turkey's refusal to acknowledge it. A century onward, Armenian and Turkish lobbies spend hundreds of millions of dollars to convince governments, courts and scholars of their clashing versions of history. Frustrated by her community's all-consuming campaigns for genocide recognition, Toumani leaves a promising job at The New York Times and moves to Istanbul. Instead of demonizing Turks, she sets out to understand them, and in a series of extraordinary encounters over the course of four years, she tries to talk about the Armenian issue, finding her way into conversations that are taboo and sometimes illegal. Along the way, we get a snapshot of Turkish society in the throes of change, and an intimate portrait of a writer coming to terms with the issues that drove her halfway across the world. In this far-reaching quest, told with eloquence and power, Toumani probes universal questions: how to belong to a community without conforming to it, how to acknowledge a tragedy without exploiting it, and most importantly how to remember a genocide without perpetuating the kind of hatred that gave rise to it in the first place.

Song of the Old City

Song of the Old City [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1524741051
Author: Anna Pellicioli
Publisher: Penguin
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Song of the Old City by Anna Pellicioli Book Resume:

This lyrical, whimsical picture book, set in the old city of Istanbul, celebrates kindness and generosity of spirit. Follow one little girl on her busy day through the old city of Istanbul--from the Galata bridge to the Grand Bazaar--as the city opens its arms to her. All along the way, the generous people she meets share many gifts with her: sesame rounds, hot tea, a boat ride, rose candy, pomegranate juice, even a scrub in a Turkish bath! But she doesn't just keep the gifts for herself. At every turn, she finds a way to share what has been given to her and pass it on so others can enjoy it too. With poetic text and radiant artwork, author Anna Pellicioli and Turkish illustrator Merve Atilgan bring us this heartwarming tale of kindness and generosity in the city known as the crossroads of the world.

Casting off the Veil

Casting off the Veil [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0857737775
Author: Sania Sharawi Lanfranchi
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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Casting off the Veil by Sania Sharawi Lanfranchi Book Resume:

In 1923, when the pioneer of feminist activism, Huda Shaarawi, removed her veil in Cairo's train station, she created what became a landmark (and much-copied) gesture for feminists throughout Egypt and the Middle East and cemented her status as one of the most important feminists in twentieth-century Egypt. In Casting off the Veil, her granddaughter Sania Sharawi Lanfranchi uses never-before seen letters and photographs to explore the life and thought of Egypt's first feminist, as she campaigned against British occupation, as well as striving to improve conditions for women throughout the country. From her birth into a wealthy and powerful family, her early years spent in a harem, to her iconic status as one of the most influential feminists in Middle Eastern history, this is a fascinating portrait of a determined and ground-breaking woman, a rich and important story which will captivate everyone with an interest in Egyptian, feminist or colonial history.

The Bridge of the Golden Horn

The Bridge of the Golden Horn [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1852429321
Author: Emine Sevgi Özdamar
Publisher: Profile Books
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The Bridge of the Golden Horn by Emine Sevgi Özdamar Book Resume:

Caught between two cultures and languages: the immigrant condition