The Sultan's Seal

The Sultan's Seal

Book - 2006
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A stunningly lyrical debut novel about faith and desire, set within a gripping tale of murder in nineteenth-century Istanbul. Rich in sensuous detail, this first novel brilliantly captures the political and social upheavals of the waning Ottoman Empire. The naked body of a young Englishwoman washes up in Istanbul wearing a pendant inscribed with the seal of the deposed sultan. The death resembles the murder by strangulation of another English governess, a crime that was never solved. Kamil Pasha, a magistrate in the new secular courts, sets out to find the killer, but his dispassionate belief in science and modernity is shaken by betrayal and widening danger. In a lush, mystical voice, a young Muslim woman, Jaanan, recounts her own relationships with one of the dead women and her suspected killer. Were these political murders involving the palace or crimes of personal passion? An absorbing tale that transports the reader to nineteenth-century Turkey, this novel is also a lyrical meditation on the contradictory desires of the human soul.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION WHI
Characteristics: 351 p. : map ; 25 cm


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ob6845 Jun 01, 2012

A beautifully written book - I thoroughly enjoyed it. Maybe it helped that I had visited Turkey in l994 and was very familiar with the area described. I can't wait for this author's next book which I hope will use the same characters.

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