“A deeply compelling and immersive narrative about love, desire, loneliness and landscape.”―Elif Shafak
Altan’s Ottoman Quartet spans the fifty years between the final decades of the 19th century and the post-WWI rise of Atatürk as both unchallenged leader and visionary reformer of the new Turkey. The four books tell the stories of an unforgettable cast of characters, among them: an Ottoman army officer, the Sultan’s personal doctor, a scion of the royal house whose Western education brings him..
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 ..