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- Description'Osman Aga was the son of an Ottoman officer settled in the town of Temeschwar, in the West of present-day Rumania. Entering the army in his turn he was taken prisoner by the Austrians and most of his autobiography is concerned with the eleven years he spent in captivity and his eventual escape in 1699. He spent much of the period in the capacity of groom, servant and even pastrycook in ble households and his dramatic and somewhat colloquial account of his experiences is unique in the Turkish literature of the period, the first autobiographical vel in the language and giving an interesting and unusual perspective on life in the age of Ottoman decline. He knew a number of European languages and after his return was employed as interpreter and diplomatist in negotiations on the western border.The late Richard Kreutel presents, for the first time, the full original text of the memoirs, rmalised to standard Ottoman orthography, on the basis of the unique autograph manuscript in the British Library, and provides an introduction and tes on the linguistic peculiarities of the work in German.
- Author Biographyedited with an introduction and notes by Richard Kreutel.
- Author(s)Osman Aga
- PublisherGibb Memorial Trust
- Date of Publication01/01/1980
- LanguageTurkish, Ottoman
- SubjectAutobiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintGibb Memorial Trust
- Content Notenotes, commentary
- Weight500 g
- Width149 mm
- Height210 mm
- Edited byRichard Kreutel
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