"A wonderful and brave book that is so fun to read... An astonishing account of love and the beloved where they intersect with sex, spirituality, politics and power... Amazing!"--Orhan Pamuk, author of the novels Snow and My Name Is Red "The Age of Beloveds is a unique and powerful book. There is nothing remotely like this out there and yet as one reads it one is struck by the dire need for the sort of basic information and insights it provides about the other half of the Mediterranean during the early modern period."--Maria Rosa Menocal, author of Shards of Love: Exile and the Origins of the Lyric "The Age of Beloveds is a treasure and a masterpiece. With breathtakingly extensive original research, it is beautifully written, in a style both inviting and impressive. It is the fruit of a lifetime's project to add Ottoman literature to the canons of world literature."--Victoria Holbrook, author of The Unreadable Shores of Love: Turkish Modernity and Mystic Romance " ... a wealth of fascinating historical material to inform, poetry that will delight, and an invaluable bibliography of studies to pursue. Ottoman historians, too, are certain to find new literary material that will enrich their archival endeavours."--Times Literary Supplement, 27 January 2006
About the Author
Walter G. Andrews is Research Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Washington. He is the author of Poetry's Voice, Society's Song: Ottoman Lyric Poetry and An Introduction to Ottoman Poetry. Mehmet Kalpakli is Chair and Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Center for Ottoman Studies at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. They are co-authors of Ottoman Lyric Poetry: An Anthology.