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The Stone Woman
by Tariq Ali


Overview - Each year, when the weather in Istanbul becomes unbearable, the family of Iskender Pasha, a retired Ottoman notable, retires to its summer palace overlooking the Sea of Marmara. It is 1899 and the last great Islamic empire is in serious trouble. A former tutor poses a question which the family has been refusing to confront for almost a century: 'Your Ottoman Empire is like a drunken prostitute, neither knowing nor caring who will take her next.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Each year, when the weather in Istanbul becomes unbearable, the family of Iskender Pasha, a retired Ottoman notable, retires to its summer palace overlooking the Sea of Marmara. It is 1899 and the last great Islamic empire is in serious trouble. A former tutor poses a question which the family has been refusing to confront for almost a century: 'Your Ottoman Empire is like a drunken prostitute, neither knowing nor caring who will take her next. Do I exaggerate, Memed?' The history of Iskender Pasha's family mirrors the growing degeneration of the Empire they have served for the last five hundred years. This passionate story of masters and servants, school-teachers and painters, is marked by jealousies, vendettas and, with the decay of the Empire, a new generation which is deeply hostile to the half-truths and myths of the 'golden days.'

The Stone Woman is the third novel of Tariq Ali's 'Islam Quartet'. Like its predecessors--Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree and The Book of Saladin--its power lies both in the story-telling and the challenge it poses to stereotyped images of life under Islam.


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  • ISBN-13: 9781781680049
  • ISBN-10: 1781680043
  • Publisher: Verso
  • Publish Date: July 2015
  • Page Count: 288
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds

Series: Islam Quintet

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