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Like A Sword Wound

Like A Sword Wound

Author(s): Ahmet Altan

Location(s): Istanbul (Constantinople)

Genre(s): Historical, Fiction

Era(s): 19th / 20th Centuries

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Altan’s Ottoman Quartet spans the fifty years between the final decades of the 19th century and the post-WWI rise of Ataturk 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 into conflict with his family’s legacy, and a beguiling Turkish aristocrat who, while fond of her emancipated life in Paris, finds herself drawn to a conservative Muslim spiritual leader. Intrigue, betrayal, love, war, progress, and tradition provide a colourful backdrop against which their lives play out. All the while, the society to which they belong is transforming, and the Sublime Empire disintegrates. Here is a Turkish saga reminiscent of War and Peace, that traces not only the social currents of the time but also the erotic and emotional lives of its characters.

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First, a confession. I am not normally a great lover of historical fiction… I read Like A Sword Wound because of the back story of the author, Ahmet Altan. Ahmet is well known world...

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