From the author of the acclaimed and much-loved Ali and Nino comes this enchanting and exotic novel of prewar Istanbul and fast-paced, decadent postwar Berlin.
It is 1928 and Asiadeh Anbara and her father, once members of the Turkish royal court, have fled the collapsing Ottoman Empire to start a new life in Berlin. Years ago, Asiadeh had been engaged to a Turkish prince, but now, under the spell of the West, the nineteen-year-old Muslim girl falls in love and marries a Viennese doctor, an "unbeliever." But when the prince reappears, Asiadeh finds herself torn between the marriage she made in good faith and the promise made long ago. Written in 1938 and translated into English for the first time, The Girl from the Golden Horn is a suspenseful and strikingly lovely novel that will stand beside Ali and Nino as a classic of thwarted love, exile, and desire.
About the Author
Kurban Said was the pseudonym of Lev Nussimbaum, who grew up in Baku and died in Italy in 1942.