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An Ottoman Traveller
Evliya Celebi was the Orhan Pamuk of the 17th century, the Pepys of the Ottoman world - a diligent, adventurous and honest recorder with a puckish wit and humour. He is in the pantheon of the great travel-writers of the world, though virtually unknown to western readers. This brand new translation by the foremost scholar of his age, brings Evliya sparkling to life, so that ...more
Paperback, 482 pages
Published May 20th 2011 by Eland
(first published December 31st 2010)
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Delightful to read in - a wonderbook of 17th century Europe and the middle east, wonderful to dip into, written by a man who in real life and tone rivals any literary picaresque hero, with lots of bodily function jokes. I particularly liked the description of Viennese medicine, which then, as in the 20th century, gathered in the greatest and nuttiest medical minds in the world. In particular, the greatest description of head surgery I've read since reading - was it Bruce Jay Friedman's or Terry ...more
The author traveled around the 17th century Ottoman Empire (as well as into Europe and Persia a bit) and reports on his travels. The book was very interesting in terms of understanding the history and culture of the time, and I especially enjoyed it because I have been to several of the places mentioned. It was a little hard to follow if you are not familiar with the places that he mentions, but still a worthwhile read.
A delightful read full of hilarious anecdotes. Boundaries between facts and fantasies are somewhat blurred, and Evliya leaves it to the readers'imagination to sift through facts and fiction. A rare glimpse into the 17th century Ottoman life by a witty, inquisitive traveler..
Evliya Çelebi was the son of the imperial goldsmith Derviş Mehmed Zılli. He travelled Ottoman Empire and wrote about his experiences.More about Evliyâ Çelebi...