Across the Hellespont. A Literary Guide to Turkey by Richard Stoneman

By Richard Stoneman

From Herodotus to Freya Stark, writers were encouraged via Turkey, a various state on the crossroads of historical past, for millennia. right here, Richard Stoneman describes in vigorous aspect the amazing literature they produced. At a time whilst Turkey’s place at the fringe might be set to alter to a deeper involvement in Europe, the necessity to comprehend the rustic is much more compelling. the diversity of commute writing represented during this ebook exhibits how, whereas political situations may perhaps switch, the entice of Turkey continues to be constant.

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Turkish shadow theater uses a large cast of puppets that are backlit as they are placed against a linen screen and moved by puppeteers using sticks. The images (tasvirs) that depict houses in the Karagöz plays are stage scenery or props. ¹⁵ The house of Shirin (Kasr-i Şirin or Şirin’in Köşkü) is a particular form of house that is most often used in the Ferhad and Shirin love story. It is a narrow tower house with a balconied room at the top that looks out in all directions (this is a cihannüme).

Indb 34 5/23/08 12:57:07 PM bringing the turkish house into focus |  Karagöz and Hacivat on stage. From And, Karagöz: Turkish Shadow Theatre. Reproduced by permission. thing that has at one point or another been seen or experienced by the viewer. That is, the viewer sees a depiction of a house exterior, but what comes to mind is something more complex, such as what the interior might look like, or the idea of an entire neighborhood made up of similar houses. In this case, the depiction stands for the generic.

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