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An Ottoman Traveller

An Ottoman Traveller

Author(s): Evliya Çelebi

Location(s): Iran, Istanbul (Constantinople), Ottoman Empire, Vienna

Genre(s): Travelogue

Era(s): 17th century

Evliya Celebi was the Pepys of the Ottoman world—a diligent, adventurous and honest recorder with a puckish wit and humour. He is in the pantheon of the great travel-writers of the world, though virtually unknown to western readers. This brand new translation, by the foremost scholar of his age, brings Evliya sparkling to life, so that we can relish his charm and intelligence once more, whether he is describing high jinks in the bathhouses, being kidnapped by bandits, Ottoman Istanbul in its baroque heyday, or a worldwide convention of trapeze artists.

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