By Richard Stoneman

From Herodotus to Freya Stark, writers were encouraged through Turkey, a diverse kingdom on the crossroads of background, for millennia. right here, Richard Stoneman describes in energetic aspect the notable literature they produced. At a time while Turkey’s place at the fringe could be set to alter to a deeper involvement in Europe, the necessity to comprehend the rustic is much more compelling. the diversity of trip writing represented during this publication indicates how, whereas political conditions could swap, the entice of Turkey is still constant.

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That evening, after we'd released the oxen and taken them to the water hole, we returned to a household that was agitated. Khoren's sister was worried because her brother was delayed. "I know something bad has happened;' she cried. " The bey came in and peered out to the woods. "Do not be afraid, Minireh, nobody would dare raise a hand to one of my shepherds:' She was not calmed; she pleaded for everyone to go out and look for her brother. "If my brother's life does not matter to you, why don't you go and search for your animals-the flock, the goats, the cowst "Don't worry;· said Musto, placing his big, affectionate hand on her head.

I nodded. "Bring some food;' he ordered. The bride disappeared. When I bent to sit down, my eyes darkened, blurry shapes all around moved back and forth, ripples of colors and vibrating circles clouded my head, and all the while the sound of a distant waterfall was rushing toward me. But it did not last long. Gradually I recovered my senses, although my forehead was sweating profusely and fatigue engulfed me. "Eat;' came a voice. Before me, on a large plate, were fresh bread, bulgur pila£ and yogurt.

I am sure he will help:' Then, a moment later: "Don't worry. " "No more. Since the Armenian deportations, it's impossible to find anything like that. Otherwise we could ask the bey to buy a pair for you:· Just as Khoren had promised, we spent the entire day roaming the mountains and swimming in the river. We gathered blackberries and wild strawberries; we sat by the fire and had milk and toasted bread, and we were content. It was then I felt a deep guilt, thinking of the caravan of deportees and my family.

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