Oriental Odyssey V - From Baghdad to Stambul

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Those of you dear readers who have enjoyed this ongoing narrative that took us through the Sahara, Egypt, Iraq, Kurdistan, Iran and back to Iraq can now enjoy the two shorter adventures that take place in Damascus, Baalbek and Stambul. Although these narratives are short, they are packed with excitement. This brief novel is the culmination of so many actions begun in earlier episodes of this epic story. Here we rediscover the protagonist Abrahim Mamur, the vengeance seeking Omar Ben Sadek, the Greek Kolettis, Nasir Agassi of the Jesidi tale, Isla Ben Maflei and his bride Senitza. We even stumble upon the Barber from Jüterbogk and finally get to hear the saga of Galingré whose corpse was first discovered in the sands of the world’s greatest desert. It almost seems that this novel is about to lead us to the culmination of an epic journey. Kara Ben Nemsi is preparing to return home to his Fatherland so that he may write about the adventures he experienced. Yet as past events are resolved, a new thread is spun and our quest for justice continues. This novel is thus the gateway to a mystery that will not be resolved until the end of the greater tale that is called the ‘Oriental Odyssey’. It must be remembered that at the time these narratives were written, Karl May was writing many other manuscripts and no longer wrote exclusively for the ‘Deutscher Hausschatz’. Upon the completion of this volume, a long time passed before the remainder of this gigantic novel was published. One must note that the next volume contains a note that excuses the long gap in publication by mentioning that the author had gone to Egypt shortly after his return to Germany. I hope that you, the reader, will not have to wait long for the next part of this gripping adventure, involving the characters Kara Ben Nemsi and Hajji Halef Omar. Yet I too have many manuscripts piled upon my desk that require my urgent attention. Indeed we will continue to publish the translated work of Karl May and true to his style I invite you, dear readers, to follow me further on our epic journey through the Turkish Empire and beyond. I thank you for your past patronage and ask you to patiently await the completion of the sixth book of this series; ‘Oriental Odyssey VI’ – ‘In the Balkan Gorges’.

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Michael M. Michalak was born in Germany in 1953 and became interested in the works of Karl May after receiving the first Winnetou book from his father. Ever since then he has been a Karl May fan. Since English translations of the Karl May books are few and usually abridged, Mr. Michalak undertook to translate the entire Orient saga of Karl May’s works. The translation started in January 1999 and the initial book took one year to complete. During the following year, an extensive editing effort was undertaken to polish the translated work and ready it for publication. Shortly after the first book was published, Mr. Michalak’s wife and editor, Elaine, lost her battle with cancer. Yet it was her desire to have this epic work completed and so, in 2002, the second book, which Elaine had partially completed editing before her death, was published. Driven by the promise he made to Elaine, Mr. Michalak continues the translation of this series. This fifth book of the Oriental Odyssey covers the travel ‘From Baghdad to Stambul’ as it was penned by Karl May. The Oriental Odyssey series of books are the first and only unabridged translation of a Karl May work by a modern author. Mr. Michalak emigrated to Australia with his parents in 1965 and now resides in the United States of America.

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