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The Girl From The Golden Horn

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  176 ratings  ·  19 reviews

The Girl From the Golden Horn is an insinuatingly and strikingly beautiful novel—suspenseful and exotic—and Kurban Said is, once again, in full control of his power to entertain and enthrall.

The extraordinary saga of the mysterious life of Kurban Said was told in amazing detail in a recent New Yorker article. One of the most beguiling mysteries it uncovered was the existen
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 28th 2005 by Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd (first published 1938)
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Mar 08, 2010 Kelly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students of globalization, Turkey, fans of good character study
In November 2009, the citizens of Switzerland (or 57.5% percent of them anyway) voted to ban the construction of new minarets in the country. In the first few months of 2010, France has been embroiled in national soul-searching over identity, the major centerpiece of which has been a proposed ban of the burqa and the niqab in the country (a report issued by a parliamentary committee on the issue stated that: "The wearing of the full veil is a challenge to our republic. This is unacceptable. We m ...more
Запад есть Запад, Восток есть Восток,
И вместе им не сойтись.

Или им всё-таки сойтись? Роман Курбан Саида «Девушка из Золотого Рога», изданная 1938 году звучит, сквозь века о протеворечиях, кроящихся в глубине западных и восточных ценностей. Казалось бы несколько примитивный по своему содержанию роман ставит вопросы таких ценностей как семья, любовь, приемстственность поколений и многое другое, что невероятно остро ощушаеться сегодня в эпоху глобализации.

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J'ai baucoup apprécié ce roman. La traduction est agréable. On décèle l'ironie, l'humour de l'écrivain derrière sa description des fantasmes orientalistes des hommes qui croisent le chemin d'Asiadeh. Au final, on se demande quoi penser : on n'assiste pas au triomphe du relativisme culturel mais à un message plus nuancé : si le mariage d'Asiadeh échoue, par exemple, ce n'est pas parce qu'elle est une orientale mariée à un occidentale mais peut-être plutôt que son époux la perçoit avant tout comme ...more
Книгата илюстрира разликите между Изтока и Запада в сферата на личните взаимоотношения. Културният сблъсък и липсата на мост на интелектуално ниво са в основата на историята. Написана е с чувство за хумор. Макар и през зъби авторът се смее. За мен като западен човек, докосването до източната гледна точка беше любопитно, независимо от това, че си остана не съвсем разбрано. Има известна доза наивност в начина на поднасяне на историята, но извън това, философските разсъждения са интересни. Някои от ...more
Lala Memmedova
Sadə, bir nəfəslik kitablar silsiləsindən. Oxuyanda heç hiss etmək olmur ki, əsər keçən əsrə aiddir. "Vəhşi"lərə aid olduğumuz üçün sevinirəm doğrusu :) öyrəşmişik xarici və şablon söhbətlərə həsr olunmuş yerli ədəbiyyata. Doğmalıq vardı burda, darıxmışammış...
Только змеи сбрасывают свою шкуру, с тем,чтобы душа, старея, расцветала. Мы люди, похожи на змей. Мы сбрасываем душу и сохраняем шкуру.
Not a page-turner, but a very interesting book. I'm a little vague as to time period though. Post WWI, but no mention of tensions leading up to WWII, so I was a little lost.
It is a romance, but not typical at all. Would "intellectual romance" work? In the guise of a romance novel, there is a lot of discussion of culture differences and how difficult it is to overcome some specific cultural differences - harem to modern (1930's) Europe - for instance.
I liked it.
Babak Fakhamzadeh
A Turkish princess ends up, with her father, in Germany, after the Turkish empire has fallen to pieces. She finds an Austrian doctor she falls in love with and marries, but also is found by a Turkish prince whom she was promised to while still living in Turkey. The book's very good in displaying the differences between the two cultures, East and West, and, because of that, is still as relevant now as it was then.
Kurban Said, how so awesome? This one wasn't quite as good as Ali and Nino- or at least, I can see why that one's more popular- but I still loved it. And this is a bit more complex than Ali and Nino, dealing in a more mature way with East-West tension. I think "intellectual romance" is a great way to describe it (and Ali and Nino is definitely more of a traditional romance).
Chloe H.
I decided to read this book after falling down a wikipedia hole about the mystery and controversy surrounding it's authorship. Its a lovely book; the language is odd, lyrical and idiosyncratic, although I suspect that there are a few translational kinks. The story is quite unusual but will likely not be satisfying for those of us raised on western tropes.
A Muslim woman struggles between her love for her non-religious, white husband and her sense of duty to her religion, culture, and father. A more subtle perspective of this struggle than I've read before, in which all of the characters are doing their best to understand each other and themselves.
A love story - the characters fall in & out of love, and all the while the author's love for his adopted religion & culture shines through the narrative. Enjoyable although slow paced, however I am not likely to read it again. I prefer more action.
Terry Earley
I loved "Ali and Nino". There are few books by Kurban Said which were published. Considering his life story, it is a wonder he was able to publish any.

This was an engaging story of a girl who stayed true to her Eastern heritage.
This book was so good and so funny, not at all what I expected when I picked it up. Cultural clashes and stereotyped preconceptions all shot to pieces. I read this several years ago, and would like to re-read it.
Quite disappointing after the sublime, Ali & Nino by the same pseudonymous couple writing as Kurban Said. "Kurban Said is a pseudonym for Essad Bey [Lev Naussimbaum:] and his collaboration with Elfriede Ehrenfels."
A love story, yes. But also an extended treatment on cultural differences, authenticity, the notion of exile,and the vexed issue of whether one's cultural background is always and ever a kind of trap.
I will return my copy to the library tomorrow, so hopefully whoever needs it can get it in time.
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Lev Nussimbaum (1905 - 1942) was a prolific Jewish writer who reinvented himself as a Muslim under the pseudonyms Essad Bey and Kurban Said. Despite his being an ethnic Jew, his politics were such that, before his origins were discovered, the Nazi propaganda ministry included his works on their list of "excellent books for German minds".
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