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A Millennium of Turkish Literature: A Concise History by Talat S. Halman

By Talat S. Halman

From Orhon inscriptions to Orhan Pamuk, the tale of Turkish literature from the 8th century a.d. to the current day is wealthy and complicated, choked with company traditions and bold differences. Spanning a large geographic diversity from Outer Mongolia and the environs of China during the center East all of the method to Europe, the historical past of Turkish literature embraces a mess of traditions and affects. All have left their imprint at the particular amalgam that's uniquely Turkish.

Always receptive to the nurturing values, aesthetic tastes, and literary penchants of numerous civilizations, Turkish tradition succeeded in evolving a sui generis character. It clung to its personal demonstrated features, but it used to be versatile sufficient to welcome options or even innovative change.

A Millennium of Turkish Literature tells the tale of ways literature developed and grew in stature at the Turkish mainland over the process 1000 years. The publication beneficial properties a variety of poems and extracts, so much in fluid translations by means of Halman. This quantity presents a concise, yet pleasing, creation to Turkish literature and, with choices from its huge extra interpreting part, serves as a useful advisor to Turkish literature for path adoption.

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Second decade of the sixteenth century),2 Lütfi Pasha (d. 1563), Âli (d. 1600), Peçevî (d. ), Naima (d. 1716),3 and Silâhtar Mehmed (d. 1724); the theological treatises of Sinan Pasha (d. 1486); the tract on ethics by Kınalızade Ali (d. 1572); the philosophical narratives of Veysî (d. 1628); and the commentaries on reforms by İbrahim Müteferrika (d. 1745), who also introduced the printing press to the Ottoman Empire, and by Koca Sekbanbaşı (d. 1804). Among the chief works of Ottoman prose are the monumental travelogues by Evliya Çelebi (d.

Gibb Memorial,” 1963–84), 1:iii. Ottoman Glories 31 I would not deign to write prose, but if I did Heavenly angels would chant it time and again. Verse often preempted the functions of prose. As a consequence, in addition to the massive output of lyric and mystic poetry, a great many didactic, theological, narrative, historical, and scholarly works were also written in verse. These works included chronicles of war and conquest, albums of festivities and weddings, books of counsel, and other types of writing.

32 A Millennium of Turkish Literature and culture and daily life; the political and cultural commentaries by Kâtip Çelebi (d. 1658);5 the famous essay (Risale) about sociopolitical reforms by Koçi Bey (seventeenth century); the ambassadorial journals of Yirmisekiz Mehmed Çelebi (d. 1732); and the semisurrealistic imaginative stories by Aziz Efendi (d. 1798). Evliya Çelebi (d. 1682) Evliya Çelebi never ceases to amaze. His ten-volume Seyahatname, in unfurling the panorama of the Ottoman Empire in the seventeenth century, defies genres.

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