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The silence of Scheherazade

Suman, Defne, 1974-2021
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Set in the ancient city of Smyrna, this powerful novel follows the intertwining fates of four families as their peaceful city is ripped apart by the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. On an orange-tinted evening in September 1905, Scheherazade is born to an opium-dazed mother in the ancient city of Smyrna. At the very same moment, a dashing Indian spy arrives in the harbour with a secret mission from the British Empire. He sails in to golden-hued spires and minarets, scents of fig and sycamore, and the cries of street hawkers selling their wares. When he leaves, seventeen years later, it will be to the heavy smell of kerosene and smoke as the city, and its people, are engulfed in flames. But let us not rush, for much will happen between then and now. Birth, death, romance and grief are all to come as these peaceful, cosmopolitan streets are used as bargaining chips in the wake of the First World War.
Main title:
The silence of Scheherazade / Defne Suman ; translated by Betsy Göksel.
Author:
Imprint:
London : Apollo, 2021.
Collation:
480 pages ; 23 cm
Notes:
Translated from the Turkish.
ISBN:
9781800246959 (hbk. :)
Dewey class:
894.3534
Language:
EnglishTurkish
BRN:
5056795
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