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Author Shafak, Elif, 1971-

Title The architect's apprentice / Elif Shafak.

Publication Info. New York, New York : Viking, 2015.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Fiction    SHAFAK,ELI    Available
Description 424 pages ; 24 cm
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unmediated rdamedia
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Summary "From the acclaimed author of The Bastard of Istanbul, a colorful, magical tale set during the height of the Ottoman Empire In her latest novel, Turkey's preeminent female writer spins an epic tale spanning nearly a century in the life of the Ottoman Empire. In 1540, twelve-year-old Jahan arrives in Istanbul. As an animal tamer in the sultan's menagerie, he looks after the exceptionally smart elephant Chota and befriends (and falls for) the sultan's beautiful daughter, Princess Mihrimah. A palace education leads Jahan to Mimar Sinan, the empire's chief architect, who takes Jahan under his wing as they construct (with Chota's help) some of the most magnificent buildings in history. Yet even as they build Sinan's triumphant masterpieces-the incredible Suleymaniye and Selimiye mosques-dangerous undercurrents begin to emerge, with jealousy erupting among Sinan's four apprentices. A memorable story of artistic freedom, creativity, and the clash between science and fundamentalism, Shafak's intricate novel brims with vibrant characters, intriguing adventure, and the lavish backdrop of the Ottoman court, where love and loyalty are no match for raw power"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Sinan, Mimar, 1489 or 1490-1588 -- Fiction.
Architects -- Turkey -- 16th century -- Fiction.
Mihrimah Sultan, 1522-1578 -- Fiction.
Turkey -- Social life and customs -- 16th century -- Fiction.
Turkey -- History -- Süleyman I, 1520-1566 -- Fiction.
Turkey -- History -- Ottoman Empire, 1288-1918 -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Historical fiction.
Biographical fiction.
ISBN 9780525427971 (cloth)
052542797X (cloth)

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