'This is an enchanting tale of love: a man dreams of a woman, while she dreams of a man who is dreaming of her...Soft and poetic, like music in a Turkish garden'
On a golden autumn afternoon in Paris, Casimir de Châteauneuf, a successful vintner, wanders through the hollow arcades of the Palais Royal. He stops to browse in an Oriental shop, and past the hookahs, turbans and daggers his eyes are drawn to a miniature portrait of an enchanting woman, skin like ivory, with one eye blue and one yellow. That night, the painting by his bedside, Casimir dreams he is lost in a city of domes and slim minarets. Alone in a shadowy courtyard a woman sits sobbing, her tears filling an empty fountain.
A man possessed, Casimir abandons his wife, family, country, everything, to journey across the sea and desert in search of his vision, a journey that finally leads him to Constantinople. As East meets West, two people whose worlds are impossibly far apart are destined to meet and discover a love beyond even their wildest dreams.
'A tale of dreams, magic, forbidden passion and enchantment in 1860s Istanbul. Setting her story in this ancient city of mystery and secrets allows Croutier to explore the inexplicable rules of love with language as rich and evocative as frankincense. Each chapter glows like a precious jewel'
WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
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"Each chapter glows like a small, precious jewel."
-- "The Washington Post"
"Alev Croutier's grown-up fairy tale, with its strangely mesmerizing events, operates in a wonderful space between story and history and lures the reader into that place directly."
-- Diane Johnson, author of Le Mariage
"A beautiful little book ... like a rare perfume or an exquisite painting, it commands our complete, rapt attention."
-- "Roanoke Times"
"This is an enchanting tale of love: a man dreams of a woman while she dreams of a man who is dreaming of her. It reminds me of Silk by Alessandro Baricco, and One Thousand and One Nights, but Alev Croutier has a voice of her own, soft and poetic, like music in a Turkish garden."
-- Isabel Allende, author of Daughter of Fortune
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Book Description Vintage, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: Used; Very Good. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. Though second-hand, the book is still in very good shape. Minimal signs of usage may include very minor creasing on the cover or on the spine. Bookseller Inventory # CHL1449925
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Book Description Vintage 01/06/2001, 2001. Book Condition: Good. This book is in good or better condition. It has no tears to the pages and no pages will be missing from the book. The spine of the book is still in great condition and the front cover is generally unmarked. It has signs of previous use but overall is in really nice, tight condition. Shipping is normally same day from our UK warehouse. We offer a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. Bookseller Inventory # 9053-9780099283553
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Book Description Vintage Books, UK, 2001. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Very Good+. First Thus. PB, pictorial card covers, 183pp. Minor ubbing, creasing to covers, inside is square, clean, tight & unmarked. 1868 Paris, a man follows a dream to the harems of Constantinople. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # jen004040
Book Description Book Condition: good. 222 Gramm. Bookseller Inventory # M00099283557-G
Book Description Vintage 2001 Paperback, 2001. Book Condition: Near Mint. 183 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 414794