Ships Of Wax In A Sea Of Fire

A MINIATURIST WHO HAS HELD SHOWS IN TURKEY AND ABROAD, MİNE SULTAN ÜNVER HAS TURNED ONE OF TURKEY’S MOST DISTINGUISHED POETS, ŞEYH GALİP, AND HIS PERIOD INTO A NOVEL TITLED FIRE OF LOVE.

The 18th century was a period of enormous changes in the Ottoman state, and Şeyh Galip was the last great poet in the Ottoman tradition. Fire of Love tells the story of his love for Beyhan Sultan, a niece of Sultan Abdulhamid I. A story of hopeless love set against a backdrop of social and political upheaval, it is a novel befitting Şeyh Galip, who, in his most famous work, Hüsn-û Aşk (Beauty and Love), has his hero, Love, board a ship made of wax to go in search of the heroine, Beauty. Mine Sultan Ünver is to be commended for her book whose lively and flowing narrative draws the reader in.

EVERYTHING ABOUT THE BOSPHORUS
One of the most priceless aspects of pearl-of-the-world Istanbul is the Bosphorus strait, which divides Europe and Asia like a river. Linking the Black Sea to the Aegean and Mediterranean via the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus is a treasure non pareil with its natural riches. And reading about it in this Saffet Emre Tonguç-Pat Yale collaboration is a pleasure in its own right. Not a single detail has been overlooked.