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Bliss (Signed First Edition)

O.Z. Livaneli

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ISBN 10: 0312360533 / ISBN 13: 9780312360535
Published by St. Martins, 2006
Condition: As New Hardcover
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New York: St. Martins, 2006. First edition. First printing. Hardbound. NEW! Very Fine/Very Fine. A crisp clean copy. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. Comes with mylar dust jacket cover. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 012001-53

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Title: Bliss (Signed First Edition)

Publisher: St. Martins

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition....

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Meryem, a fifteen-year-old girl, lives in a rural village on the shores of Lake Van in Eastern Turkey.  Her simple life changes dramatically after her uncle, a sheikh in a dervish order, rapes her.  She is considered an outcast for shaming her family.  When she is locked in a shed and left alone for days, she comes to the painful realization that her family expects her to hang herself with a length of rope left on the dirt floor.  But she is defiant.
 
As tradition still has it, a judgment must be made in the name of honor.  She is told she is to be taken to Istanbul, a shining city she envisions being just over the nearest mountain.  Many girls from her village have "gone to Istanbul," and she assumes it must be a wonderful place since not one has returned.  In fact, those girls have been the victims of "honor-killings."
 
Cemal, Meryem's cousin, a commando in the army, has been fighting in the mountains against the rebels.  On his return home, he is welcomed as a hero though he has been severely traumatized by his war experiences.  His father, who had violated Meryem, charges Cemal with the task of executing his cousin's punishment. As he and Mereym begin their journey, they proceed through the marketplace where the townspeople have gathered, some weeping and others mocking her.
 
In Istanbul, a Harvard-educated professor named Irfan lives an elite existence. He has published many books, hosts a radio show, and seems to enjoy success and jet-set freedom.  He revolts against the routine of his soulless life, deciding to leave his wealthy wife and Istanbul.  He charters a boat to sail the Aegean . By coincidence, his path crosses with that of Meryem and Cemal.  They embark on a journey together that fills their hearts with hope and sets them free.
 
Already an international bestseller, this lyrical and moving tale juxtaposes the traditional and modern and draws attention to human rights violations against women in the Middle East.

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Fifteen-year-old Meryem lives in a rural village in Eastern Anatolia, Turkey. Her simple, conventional way of life changes dramatically after her uncle, a sheikh in a dervish order, rapes her―and condemns her to death for shaming the family. Asked to carry out the "honor killing" is his son Cemal, a commando in the Turkish army. So begins a long, mystifying voyage for Meryem as her shell-shocked cousin ushers her to the shining metropolis of Istanbul where another troubled soul, the Harvard-educated professor Irfan, embarks on his own journey of transformation―one that catapults him into the heart of Meryem and Cemal's conflict. The crossed-paths and interwoven destinies of these three characters makes for an affecting, by turns brutal and life-affirming portrayal of traditional and modern-day Turkey that no reader will soon forget.

"Livaneli is an essential force in Turkey's musical, cultural, and political scene."
--Orhan Pamuk, Nobel Prize Winner and author of Snow

"Bliss is eye-opening and deeply moving."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"Compelling [for] American readers ...hard to put down."
--The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"With lush scenes of Turkish life and nuanced depictions of the [characters'] inner lives. . .a convergence of lost, likable souls."
--Entertainment Weekly


O. Z. Livaneli, one of Turkey's most prominent authors, is also an accomplished composer, and previously served as an elected member of the Turkish Parliament. For more information about his background and books, visit his website at www.livaneli.net.

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