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From the author of the critically acclaimed When We Were Gods comes a dramatic, unforgettable novel of cruelty and passion, set in the great Harem of the Ottoman Empire.

In Constantinople there is only one ruler: Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, Lord of Lords of this World, Possessor of Men’s Necks, Allah’s Deputy, absolute ruler of the mighty Ottoman Empire. And at the hea
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published May 24th 2005 by Three Rivers Press (first published 1992)
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İntellecta
Yabancı bir yazarın gözüyle Hürrem'e bakmak için tercih ettiğim bir romandı. Kitabın dili ve üslubu fena değildi.Kurmaca bir hikaye olarak da hadım Abbas ve Venedikli julia'nın aşkı dahil edilmişti entrikalar panayırına.Hırslarıyla var olan Hürrem'in romanı.
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستان گرامی بهتره این کتاب رو به چشم یک رمان و داستانِ خاله زنکی، بخونید... نه به چشمِ کتاب تاریخی

فقط خواسته عثمانیان کثافت و بی اصل و ریشه رو بزرگ جلوه بده... داستانی سرشار از دروغ و مغلطه های تاریخی...عثمانی و تورک هایی که به سختی پدرانِ خود رو تشخیص میدادن... به قول فردوسی بزرگ که چه زیبا توووورک هارو وصف میکنه
ابا سرخ ترکی،بدی ،گربه چشم
توگفتی دل از رده دارد به خشم
که آن ترک بد ریشه و ریمن است
که هم بد نژاد است و هم بد تن است
تن ترک بد ذات بی جان کنم
زخونش دل سنگ مرجان کنم
از آن پس بپرسید،ازآن
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Nu-Jahat-Jabin
Oct 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
হটাৎ করে জিটিভির কারনে সুলতান সোলায়মান নিয়ে বয়সক সমপরদায়ে বিশাল করেজ সৃষটি হইছে। আমি যেহেতু ঘনটার পর ঘনটা সিরিয়াল দেখার পরতিভা নিয়ে জনমাই নি তাই আমার কাছে বই পড়ে ফেলাটাই উততর মনে হইছে। সাথে আরেকটা কারন হল টিভি থেকে ভেসে আসা লুলাবাই গানটা।

বই পড়ার পর অনুভুতি -
১ সিরিয়াসলি সবাই কযান এই সিরিয়াল নিয়ে পাগল হইছে? আমার বাপ মা টিভি দেখে না তারাও সময় মত বসে যায়।
২ অনুবাদ পাশ মারক পায় নি। অনেক দিন পর অনুবাদ পড়তে বসে মনে হইছে আমি নিজের ভাষায় কিছু পড়ছি না। শবদচয়ন, বাকয সাজানো তে গযাঞজাম আছে।
৩ হুররাম কিংবা স
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Shahjahan Shourov
খুবই কাটা-কাটা লেগেছে। আবেশ তৈরি হতে গিয়েও ছেদ পড়েছে বারবার। অনুবাদের দোষ না সমপাদনার, কে জানে!

“বইটা অনেকটাই সংকষেপিত এবং পরিমারজিত। তবে তাতে কাহিনীর কোথাও কোন ছেদ পড়েনি বলেই আমার বিশবাস।”
- ইমতিয়াজ আজাদ (অনুবাদক- বই বলছে রুপানতর)।
সমমান রেখে বলছি, অনুবাদকের বিশবাসের সঙগে আমি সহমত নই পুরোপুরি। কাহিনীতে হয়তোবা ছেদ পড়েনি মানলাম কিনতু ভাব বড় কঠিন জিনিষ। ভাবটা মোলায়েম হলনা। ভাবটা, আবেশটা ভীষণ জরুরী। ছোটট এক লাইনের গলপ কে কেবল ভাবের জোরেই মহতী বানিয়েছেন শহীদুল জহির, মারকেজ, হাসান আজিজুল হকের মতো শিলপীর
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Ann
Dec 05, 2007 rated it it was ok
God help me in my sorrow. That phrase was oft repeated in this book, and it pretty much sums up my feelings for it.

Two main issues:

1) The history of Roxelana is wack in the book (in the book she's supposed to be a Tartar chieftain's daughter. In reality, she was the daughter of a Ukrainian Orthodox priest). And she is portrayed as a bitter, scheming, bitch of a woman. Really? History does not show that at all.

2) None of the characters have any redeeming qualities. None. The author clearly hated
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Farzana Raisa
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
অটোমান সামরাজযের এক সুলতান, পৃথিবীর অধীশবর সুলতান সুলাইমান।

কি নামটা পরিচিত মনে হচছে? ;)
হবারই কথা। টিভি নামক যনতরণার জনয সুলতান সুলাইমান (নাকি সুলেমান) :P রীতিমত এক আতঙকের নাম।

তবে তিনি মানুষটা নেহায়েৎ মনদ নন। এক রাণী গুলবাহার আর ভবিষযৎ সমরাটকে মোসতফা নিয়ে বেশ সুখেই দিন কাটিয়ে দিচছিলেন। তবে ঐ যে! কথায় আছে না.. সুখে থাকলে ভূতে কিলায় - বযাপারটা অনেকটা এরকম। সুখেই ছিলেন তিনি নিজের মত করে কিনতু পযাচ লাগালেন রাজমাতা হাফিসা। সবেচছায় নয় অনেকটা নিনদুকের নিনদার জবালায়। আর অভিযোগেরও কি বাহার! রাজা কেন এক
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Fuad Al Fidah
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
অনুবাদ পড়েছি, সামনে আসছে। ভালো লেগেছে গলপটা। ষড়যনতর, কুটনামী সবই আছে :) ...more
Ana Mardoll
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ana-reviewed
Sultan's Harem / 1-4000-8312-5

"The Sultan's Harem" is a spectacular tale of hatred and revenge, as Falconer weaves the tale of a single woman - a slave of the most powerful man in the world - who tears down a powerful empire by careful manipulation of the man who loves her. This one woman, Hurrem, manages to take down an entire empire, all while only ever being seen by a handful of men - the sultan and his personal eunuchs.

Falconer makes it difficult not to admire our cold-blooded heroine, who
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, fiction
عنوان: سلطانه؛ اثر: کالین فاکنر؛ ترجمه: جواد سیداشرف؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، زرین: نگارستان کتاب؛ 1376، در 700 ص، شابک: 9644071034، چاپ هفتم: 1385، موضوع: سلیمان اول، سلطان عثمانی 900 تا 974 برابر با 1496 تا 1566 میلادی، ترکیه، تاریخ، داستان

در قرن شانزدهم هنگامی که امپراطوری عثمانی در اوج قدرت است و سلطان سلیمان خان قانونی بر سه قاره و هفت اقلیم حکمرانی میکند. در پشت درهای بسته و دیوارهای بلند «توپقاپو سرای» 300 کنیز در بزرگترین حرمسرای امپراتوری جدا از دنیای بیرون روزگار میگذرانند. .............. ه
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Adi_Toha
Jan 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suntinganku
Sultan Sulaiman I, khalifah ke-10 Kekhalifahan Turki Utsmani, berkuasa sejak 1520 hingga 1566. Orang Barat mengenalnya sebagai Sulaiman yang Luar Biasa (Suleyman the Magnificent) karena kekuasan dan pengaruhnya terhadap peta perpolitikan, perekonomian dan militer di Eropa pada abad keenam belas. Di kalangan muslim, ia berjuluk Sulaiman al-Qanuni, karena pencapaiannya dalam menyusun kembali sistem undang-undang Utsmani. Sulaiman adalah salah satu pemimpin tersukses dalam sejarah Islam. Ia memimpi ...more
Shannon Donnelly
There are really two stories that are mixed here, and I found the transition from one to the other difficult to make. Initially it seemed as if another book was started in the middle of the one book that most interested me. The Venice story didn't hold my interest as well as the story set inside the Harem -- that story had complex characters, with very complex motivations and intrigue. I wish that story had taken more of the book -- there would have been room then for a more satisfying ending (t ...more
Md. Faysal Alam Riyad
টিভিতে এখন সুলতান সুলেইমানের সিরিয়াল খুব জনপরিয়। কিনতু পরতিদিন বসে বসে সিরিয়াল দেখার টাইম কই? তাই বই ই ভরসা। বইটাও দারুণ লেগেছে। এটা কোন ইতিহাসের বই না, গলপের বই। অনেকটা গলপ পড়তে পড়তে ইতিহাস সমপরকে জানা। সুলতান সুলেমাইন, তার পরথম সতরী গুলবাহার, দবিতীয় সতরী হুররেম, রাজমাতা হাফিসা ইতযাদি নানা জনের কাহিনী এবং সুলতানের হারেম নিয়ে বিভিনন কাহিনী ফুটে উঠেছে এই বইটিতে।

এ বই পরেম, ঘৃণা, ঈরষা আর ষড়যনতরের অসামানয এক উপখযান!
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Mashiyat Binte
Sep 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
বিরকতিকর। ...more
Alireza
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a fantastic historical book.
Reeda
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know much about this time period, or the Ottoman empire, but this book certainly pulled me in from the beginning!

This is the story of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and his harem, specifically about 1 of his slave girls from his harem and how she rose to have so much power. I'm sure no one knows exactly what she was like in real life, but in this book she was vile! Just a really vindictive and mean person, but I think that's why I couldn't stop reading this book...because I just had to
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Jay
Jan 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Suleiman I, aka Suleiman the Magnificent (1494-1566) was the leader of the Ottoman Empire at the apex of its glory and achievement. The ten sultans before him built the foundation for the empire, including the conquest of Constantinople; Suleiman expanded upon their conquests, made the Mediterranean a Turkish lake, and crafted a set of laws intended to ensure the peaceful succession of sultans and the permanence of the empire.

This book is a fictionalized account of Suleiman's reign, beginning wi
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Maggie
Oct 01, 2008 rated it liked it
I'm still trying to decide how I feel about this one. While it was entertaining at times, I thought the characters were a little much. Mostly Sultan Suleyman just annoyed me (what a sissy!) and Hurrem was WAY over the top. I just find it hard to believe that Hurrem could have gotten away with everything she did. And I felt a little sorry for her, she was a terrible person...but the fact that she gained so much power, so quickly, eh....

And I found some of the story line completely unbelievable, b
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Ivana Azap Feješ
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
High recommendations :D My special moment in the book is the mention of the military squad "Azap" - like mylast name!!! And of course, one new aspect of the story - what if Hürrem did not loved Süleyman? What if she hated him because he turned her into the slave? What if hers final revenge was the destruction of the all mighty Ottoman dynasty? I know that lot of readers did not liked this kind of view, but I say "why not?" Could you love a man that enslaved you completely? If before that you kne ...more
Mercedes
What a story! Even though I read it years ago, I still think of it after all this time. Terrific characters, well researched, really transports you back to the peak of the Ottoman Empire during the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent, this book weaves a story about the beginning of the decline of the Empire, summed up in the name of Suleyman's successor, Salim the Sot. Clever story, very well told.
Susan Sheibani
از نظر تاریخی که هیچ نظری ندارم..چون حتی خود نویسنده هم اولش مینویسه که نمیدونیم واقعیت چی بوده.ولی به عنوان رمان جالب بود.اینکه همه ی شحصیت های قدرتمند داستان تو رنج وعذاب بودن و هیچی بهشون آرامش نمیداد جالب بود.خرم فوق العاده شخصیت قدرتمند ولی کثیفی داشت .و ما صرفا براساس اطلاعاتی ازمحیط خارج دریافت میکنیم فکر میکنیم و تصمیم میگریم وگرنه حقیقت پوشیده میمونه.
Esra
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Osmanliyla ilgili birçok yanlış bilgi içerse de Haremdeki kadınların genelde böyle oyunlar cevirildigi tarih boyunca dogrulanmistir.
Valide sultan olunca sanki çok değişik bir durum olacakmış gibi herkesde bu unvanin peşinde. Tersine bu durum adayları daha cok tehlikeye sokuyor; tabi çocuklarını da. ..
Bir anne olarak çocuklarını her şekilde kullanmış bir şekilde tasvir edilmesine karşıyım Hurremin..
Buna rağmen kurgu olarak sonu özellikle çok iyiydi. Ama Süleyman gibi zeki bir adamın seni hiç sevm
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Tova
May 29, 2017 marked it as to-read
Who the frick is Julia? Gülbehar is obviously Mahidevran and Hurrem is Hurrem. But this Julia sounds like a Farya like move for drama.
Mahsa
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
بهتر است به چشم يك داستان جالب به آن نگاه شود تا برگي از تاريخ. متاسفانه سريال حريم سلطان بهترين بهره برداري را به نفع كشور تركيه از اين كتاب انجام داد...
Ana Mardoll
Dec 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ana-reviewed
Sultan's Harem / 1-4000-8312-5

"The Sultan's Harem" is a spectacular tale of hatred and revenge, as Falconer weaves the tale of a single woman - a slave of the most powerful man in the world - who tears down a powerful empire by careful manipulation of the man who loves her. This one woman, Hurrem, manages to take down an entire empire, all while only ever being seen by a handful of men - the sultan and his personal eunuchs.

Falconer makes it difficult not to admire our cold-blooded heroine, who
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Martha
Feb 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: punya
Waktu baca sinopsisnya sekilas aku pikir ini ttg Sulaiman yang 'itu', sang nabi Sulaiman dlm Islam atau Raja Solomo dlm Alkitab. Tapi bukan, ini bukan Sulaiman itu. Novel ini berlatar abad ke-16, berabad-abad setelahnya, meskipun tokoh Sulaiman di novel ini juga seorang raja - Sultan Sulaiman, Sang Penguasa Dunia, Raja segala Raja.

Baguskah buku ini? Nah, awalnya aku suka, aku memang selalu suka cerita ttg kehidupan di balik istana, apalagi kalau sudah mengisahkan intrik2 para perempuannya. Dulu,
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Julie
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
This is really the story of three women. Gülbehar, the sultan's favored concubine and mother of his son, the next in line for the throne, Julia, a kidnapped Italian noblewoman who finds herself in the sultan's harem and soon in mortal danger, and finally Hürrem, a ruthless, red-headed Russian who hoodwinks and deceives the sultan to turn him away from Gulbehar and over to her side.

Insanely jealous, deceptive, cunning, and irresistibly beautiful Hurrem soon has no trouble convincing the sultan to
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Kate
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
As you already know, I am a fan of novels set around the Ottoman empire. It was such a different time with a culture so different from our own that I find it absolutely fascinating. This book shows two sides of the Ottoman empire: one within the world of the Harem and one without. It seems to beg the question: Is the life one lives better in the Harem (especially as a woman) under the scrutiny of the Sultan, or outside, where one is "free" but living under the scrutiny of the Sultan's minions? A ...more
Roxolana
Sep 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting insight into the life of the last sultan of the Turkish empire... His wife was a slave from Ukraine brought to Turkey at the age of 15 and using her strong mind became a survivor and a winner. She is described as cruel and ruthless - but it is interesting to think how much the environment shapes us who we become.
It is almost a mirror book to one that was written before by the Ukrainian author who of course described her more kindly and with a great insight into development of her
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Megan-Elise
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it
An interesting insight into what the realities of harems and their politics.
The story spans a lengthy period of time, and at times, the point of view switches back and forth leaving the reader struggling to determine when the POV is taking place.
Marie80
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ми се допадна, всушност се' што е поврзано со историјата, па дури и ако е историска фикција ме воодушевува!Сакам да запловам во минатото и да уживам во приказните!Ја препорачувам од се' срце.
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