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By Orhan Pamuk

C’est dans le quartier occidental de Nişantaşi que Cevdet Bey, un riche marchand musulman, s’installe avec son épouse pour fonder une famille.

Nous sommes en 1905 et le sultan Abdülhamid II vient d’échapper à un attentat. Les élites turques contestent de plus en plus fortement le règne despotique des dirigeants ottomans, le can pay se trouve alors à un tournant historique que Cevdet a pour projet de relater dans ses Mémoires.

Trente ans plus tard, los angeles Turquie n’est en effet plus los angeles même après l. a. réforme du régime politique, le bouleversement des mœurs, et los angeles mise en position d’un nouvel alphabet. Les fils de Cevdet Bey en profitent pour prendre des instructions différentes dans ce can pay gagné par los angeles modernité.

Et c’est à l. a. troisième génération, en 1970, qu’un besoin de retour vers les origines vient sceller cette fresque turque. Ahmet, qui est artiste-peintre, s’attaque au portrait de son grand-père, mort dans les années soixante, et ainsi à celui de toute une nation...

Cevdet Bey et ses fils est le preferable roman écrit par Orhan Pamuk. Toute son œuvre affleure déjà dans cette colossal fresque à trois temps qui dépeint magistralement l’émergence d'une Turquie moderne, thème qu’il déclinera sans cesse dans l. a. suite de sa construction littéraire.

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He erred political bility. on the other side. If the Greek, because of this lack of constant hero worship, failed to have constant political stability, it gave him a greater sense of freedom and power and made him highly creative. Constantinople, which both acclaims and tears down its heroes very fast, has been a check to a continuous despotism. This critical faculty of the Turk, especially in the political sense, makes him more able to create a western state on western lines than the other peoples of the Islamic world in the Near and Middle East.

But in architecture, on the other hand, although the Imperialist Ottoman set out to copy and imitate the Arab and the Byzantine, he created something so entirely original in its conception of line and simart of the Near East it will alplicity, that in the ways stand out as a lasting witness to Ottoman In music also, although they copied very much from the Arab and the Byzantine, the Otto-' mans brought in something of their own. The eternal dirge, which turns into a monotonous whine at genius.

Child from Albania or Greece or Trebizond got as good an * . education for public responsibility as he would have the charitable foundations of Eton or Winchester* had on . , The excellence of the early Ottoman administration is evidence also that, on the civil side, the system was , . * The system, though ethically unjustifiable, was a success in operation, and this was not due to the * Op. , p. 116. Coming of the fact that tfurks 21 some of the children were Christians but rather to the merits of the education they received and to its sound principles of elevation through merit and talent alone.

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