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Anny P. (wolfnme) reviewed Dawn of the Beloved: A Novel of Suleyman the Magnificent and the Rise of the Ottoman Empire (French Millennium Library: Contemporary French Fiction) on + 3389 more book reviews
A novel of Suleyman the Magnificent and the rise of the Ottoman Empire.
Gripping novel that propels the reader back into 16th-century Islam and the opulence and ways of the empire tht ruled the civilized world for several centuries from its Turkish center. The lives of three people--Emperor Suleyman and two former slaves, his wife, Hurrem and his Prime Minister Ibrahim--become intertwined in a lifetime of passion, conflict, and conquest a the very core of the empire. Their strange love triangle mirrors the evolution of the political and military juggernaut that made European, African, and Middle East history. But this was a love destined to end in a thundering fit of jealous violence.
Dawn of the Beloved is a personal and historical tragedy, played out against the spectacular backdrop of Islam's struggle with other cultures nd with itself. Recounted often, in various literary forms and in many languages, this fictionlized version by Louis Gardel is perhaps the truest of all.