Ottoman Odyssey: Travels Through a Lost Empire

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6.0 X 1.1 X 9.1 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Alev Scott was born in 1987 to a Turkish mother and a British father. She studied Classics at New College, Oxford, where she was taught by Robin Lane Fox. After graduating, she worked in London as an assistant director in theater and opera before moving to Istanbul in 2011. Alev taught herself Turkish and immersed herself in the Turkish side of her heritage and wrote the widely acclaimed Turkish Awakening: Behind the Scenes of Modern Turkey, which was published by Faber in 2014. The book was brilliantly reviewed by Norman Stone, Owen Matthews, and Elif Shafak among others. She has since reported from Turkey for a wide number of newspapers, most specifically for the Financial Times.


A lovely, lyrical, and always insightful account that is as much about the present as the past. A joy from start to finish.--Peter Frankopan, New York Times bestselling author of 'The Silk Roads
Beautifully written with clear-eyed judgments and a sharp ear for fascinating anecdote and memorable characters. Exhilarating and often eye-opening, it shows this crucial region of the world from a new perspective. Essential reading for anyone interested in Turkey and its history.--Michael Wood, author of 'In Search of Shakespeare'
Alev Scott approaches the crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean by side roads and unfrequented channels. Her book is clear, bright, humane, and never disheartened.--James Buchan, author of 'Days of God'
Brilliantly written with a real feel for character, the book is a pleasure to read and an erudite lesson in a fascinating chapter of modern history. An indispensable addition to our understanding of the Middle East today.--Roger Scruton, author of 'On Human Nature'
A brilliant travelogue. Beautifully written. This book is only Scott's second, yet she writes with a maturity and insight that belies her age, and is surely a rising star of the literary world. Her overall message is one of optimism: that identity is as much about language as it is about location and religion; and that a 'shared culture' will trump jingoistic national differences.
An ambitious travel memoir/history, tracing the footsteps of 'descendants of ancient minorities that were allowed to flourish in the empire, and [were] then intimidated, ignored or expelled from modern Turkey.' The author grounds her thoroughly researched narrative in history and past travel accounts, and she injects it with earnest, wry observations and personal interviews with the many interesting people she met along the way. In her quest to understand her complicated, tense childhood, Scott treats us to a lively grand tour of the lost Ottoman Empire and shows how contemporary leaders exploit simplified versions of history to support nationalist agendas.
An insightful and easily approachable combination of travelogue and history. Essential reading for those interested in how historical mythologies warp and contort individual lives.
Scott--whose mother is Turkish and whose father is British--gives both an insider's intimacy and an outsider's necessary remove to this excellent survey.
Scott tracks the vine of Turkish influence, 'architectural, political and social, ' that laces through the Levant and the Balkans.-- (05/23/2019)
Scott roams through elements of the Ottoman Empire in this bright travel narrative. She laces history with footloose journeying and the result is a restless, kaleidoscopic, and chromatic portrait of a land in flux.
An illuminating view of post-imperial attitudes and relationships from a very different empire.-- (07/16/2019)
Astonishing glimpses of wondrous lost-limbs of history.-- (07/08/2019)