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The stone woman

Author: Tariq Ali
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Ottoman Empire, known as the "sick man of Europe" in the 19th century, continues its slow, steady decline in the summer of 1899 as elderly Iskander Pasha (a descendant of a sultan's favorite courtier) and his well-born family gather at their seaside palace outside Istanbul. Ali, a well-known leftist activist in Britain, explores the complexities of the Ottoman mentality in his fifth outing, a colorful, sensual  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Historical fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ali, Tariq.
Stone woman.
London ; New York : Verso, c2001
(OCoLC)606377833
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tariq Ali
ISBN: 1859843646 9781859843642 1859847641 9781859847640
OCLC Number: 44841579
Description: ix, 274 p. ; 20 cm.
Responsibility: Tariq Ali.

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It is 1899 and the last great Islamic empire is in serious trouble. This story of masters and servants, school-teachers and painters, is marked by jealousies, vendettas and, with the decay of the  Read more...

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