Recent non-fiction books
Recent fiction books
The Architect's ApprenticeElif Shafak's new book makes a powerful impact on human-animal relations. She eloquently narrates the chaos and daily life in Constantinopolis (Ottomans call the city Dersaadet, which means the Gate of Felicity) in the 16th century. Şafak centralizes the elephant as a subconcept and focuses on the relationship between the master and apprentice, in other words Mimar Sinan, the most famous architect of the Ottoman Empire and an Indian boy. James Runcie's review at the Independent is worth reading.
Il desiderio di essere come tuttıFrancesco Piccolo impressively sets the tense political era of a country with the mess created by political mistakes. His fictional autobiography starts from the Years of Lead in Italy and continues by focusing on the two most influential political characters of the country during that era and the following years: Enrico Berlinguer and Silvio Berlusconi.
The Strange LibraryThe Strange Library is a journey of a boy who is curious about the most complex, diverse and controversial tax system of the Ottomans. The shocking adventure starts in the library when he is directed to the Room 107.He’ll be only released after he memorizes three thick books: “The Ottoman Tax System,” “The Diary of an Ottoman Tax Collector” and “Tax Revolts and Their Suppression in the Ottoman-Turkish Empire''