The Book of Dede Korkut: A Turkish Epic
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The Book of Dede Korkut: A Turkish Epic

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One of the oldest surviving pieces of Turkish literature, The Book of Dede Korkut can be traced to tenth-century origins. Now considered the national epic of Turkey, it is the heritage of the ancient Oghuz Turks and was composed as they migrated westward from their homeland in Central Asia to the Middle East, eventually to settle in Anatolia. Who its primary creator was no...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 1st 1991 by University of Texas Press (first published 1500)
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Bryn Hammond
'Dirse Khan came home. He called to his wife, "Come here, luck of my head, throne of my house, my sugar-melon, my honey-melon."'

'great sorrow came over his wife; her black almond eyes filled with bloody tears'

'the boy gave the bull a merciless punch on the forehead and the bull went sliding on his rump'

'Dirse Khan took up his strong bow, strung with wolf-sinew'

'you will not die of this wound. The flowers of the mountain with your mother's milk will be salve for it.'

'Water has looked on the face...more
I really enjoyed this collection of 12 Oghuz-Turkic epic poems, partly because they are similar to some of the Central Asian and Karakalpak heroic "dastans." It is a must read for people interested in Turkic and Central Asian literature and culture, especially since so little of it is available in English. The epics in this book are even enjoyable stories.
Gijs Grob
'Het boek van Dede Korkoet' is een verzameling van een twaalftal verhalen over de Ogoezen, een Turkse nomadenstam die in de middeleeuwen in de Kaukasus verbleven. De verhalen beschrijven allen een stoere, ruwe cultuur, waarbij tentenkampen, jacht en plundering een grote rol spelen en waarbij de 'ongelovige' Georgiërs de aartsvijand vormen. Hun koning Sjeukli komt dan ook in diverse verhalen aan zijn eind. De Ogoezen maken vervolgens zijn burcht met de grond gelijk en bouwen een moskee. Dit gebeu...more
An interesting assortment of heroic folktales from Central Asia, the same yet different from the tales Europeans know better. The simple stories force me to ask a lot of questions about the influence of Islam, Greek myth, Persian, and nomadic cultures on the storyteller. Despite their exaggerated might, all the characters get in over their heads and get bailed out at the last minute by the full force of the Seljuk princes.

A great collection of Turkish myths and folk tales. A fairy is raped. An ogre is so terrifying that camels piss blood and die at the very sight of his approach. Good times!

Tabii ki bir derleme bu ve Türkçeleştirilmiş bir çalışma. Türkçeleştiren kişinin biraz fazla muhafazakar bir kesimden geldiği kanısındayım. Yine de eski Türkçe'yi anlayabileceğimiz şekilde güzel bir çalışma olmuş.

Çoğunlukla şiir olarak anlatılan eski Türk hikayeleri bunlar.

O eski kullanımlar kalıplar kelimeleri görmek beni çok çok mutlu etti. Sanırım dile ilgi duy
an bir insan olduğum için. Hikayelerde insanın kanı kaynıyor. Ancak hikayelerde amma çok insa...more
Patrick Nichols
So apparently the direst insult to an Oghuz Turk is to call him a "crazy pimp, son of a pimp." Clearly they never met Dolemite!
Nov 29, 2012 Nermin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who are interested in Turks and their culture
Easily the best and most interesting epic fantasy about the Oghuz Turks.
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