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- DescriptionAhmet Midhat Efendi's famous 1875 vel Felatun Bey and Rakim Efendi takes place in late nineteenth-century Istanbul and follows the lives of two young men who come from radically different backgrounds. Rakim Efendi is an erudite, self-made man, one who is ambitious and cultivated eugh to mingle with a European crowd. In contrast, Felatun Bey is a spendthrift who lacks intellectual curiosity and a strong work ethic. Squandering his wealth and education, he leads a life of decadence. The vel traces Rakim and Felatun's relationships with multiple characters, charting their romances and passions, as well as their foibles and amusing mishaps as they struggle to find and follow their own path through the many temptations and traps of European culture. The author creates a rich portrait of stratified Ottoman life through a diverse and colorful cast of characters-from a French pia teacher and an Arab nanny, to a Circassian slave girl-each deftly navigating the shifting mores of their social class. Written during the Ottoman Empire's uneasy transition to modernity, the vel's protagonists embody both the best and worst elements of two worlds, European and Ottoman. The vel provides readers with an elegant yet powerful appeal for progressive reforms and individual freedoms. Levi and Ringer's fluid translation of this Ottoman classic stands as a landmark in the history of Turkish literature in translation.
- Author BiographyAhmet Midhat Efendi (1844-1912) was a journalist, novelist, playwright, translator, and social critic who authored more than two hundred original works. He wrote for and edited the Tercumani Hakikat, the most influential and longest-running Ottoman newspaper. Melih Levi received his BA from Amherst College, where he studied English literature. Monica M. Ringer is professor of Middle Eastern history at Amherst College, USA. She is the author of Pious Citizens: Reforming Zoroastrianism in India and Iran.
- Author(s)Ahmet Mithat Efendi
- PublisherSyracuse University Press
- Date of Publication31/03/2016
- LanguageEnglish & Turkish
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Series TitleMiddle East Literature in Translation
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSyracuse University Press
- Content Notemaps
- Weight277 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine11 mm
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