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Publisher Comments:

Rich in sensuous detail, this first novel brilliantly captures the political and social upheavals of the waning Ottoman Empire. The naked body of a young Englishwoman washes up in Istanbul wearing a pendant inscribed with the seal of the deposed sultan. The death resembles the murder by strangulation of another English governess, a crime that was never solved. Kamil Pasha, a magistrate in the new secular courts, sets out to find the killer, but his dispassionate belief in science and modernity is shaken by betrayal and widening danger. In a lush, mystical voice, a young Muslim woman, Jaanan, recounts her own relationships with one of the dead women and her suspected killer. Were these political murders involving the palace or crimes of personal passion? An absorbing tale that transports the reader to nineteenth-century Turkey, this novel is also a lyrical meditation on the contradictory desires of the human soul. Reading group guide included. Includes the first chapter of the next Kamil Pasha novel.

Synopsis:

"A wonderful read'. An historical novel of the highest quality."'"Iain Pears

Synopsis:

When the body of a young Englishwoman washes up on the beaches of nineteenth-century Istanbul, secular magistrate Kamil Pasha finds his dispassionate belief in science and modernity shaken by developments in the case, which parallels the unsolved murder of another English governess. A first novel. Reprint.

About the Author

Jenny Whiteis the author of The Sultan"s Sea(a finalist for the Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award), The Abyssinian Proofand The Winter Thief. She is a professor of anthropology at Boston University, specializing in Turkey.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393072518
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Historical
Author:
White, Jenny
Author:
, Jenny White
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
Fiction : Historical - General
Publication Date:
February 2007
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
368

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Mystery » A to Z

The Sultan's Seal: A Novel
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"Synopsis" by , "A wonderful read'. An historical novel of the highest quality."'"Iain Pears
"Synopsis" by , When the body of a young Englishwoman washes up on the beaches of nineteenth-century Istanbul, secular magistrate Kamil Pasha finds his dispassionate belief in science and modernity shaken by developments in the case, which parallels the unsolved murder of another English governess. A first novel. Reprint.
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