The Art of the Turkish Tale, Volume 1

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Texas Tech University Press, 1990 - Fiction - 250 pages
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In casting them into English, Walker has paid particular attention to capturing the flavor and excitement of the Turkish telling, while not infringing "on the narrator's right to have the tale recreated as he had told it." …The Beauty, power, and appeal of the present volume for the general reading public, however, depends largely upon Barbara Walker's own consummate skill as a teller and re-teller of tales and her commitment to conveying as much of the Turkish performance context as possible. …In a gesture which is perhaps symptomatic of the reasons for this volume's success, [Barbara Walker] recognizes in the Acknowledgments section each and every tale-teller by name—all forty of them, ranging in age from nine to ninety and coming from the many different walks of life, both urban and rural, to be found in twenty out of Turkey's seventy-four provinces from Mugla to Kars and from Istanbul to Diyarbakir. In presenting the works of "all these generous bearers of tradition" to an English-speaking audience, [she] has achieved her aim of opening a small window on the art of the Turkish tale in a volume which stands as a tribute to the art of book making as well. Sarah Moment Atis, Chair, Middle East Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison President, Turkish Studies Association This will stand as a fine, quintessential contribution…. One hears the whispers of the original voices in these versions, all of which are… artful, recast in colloquial rhythms, and couched in a style that conveys the substance, the shape, the spirit, and the sumptuousness or the simplicity of the tale. Talat Sait Halman, Turkey's former Minister of Culture, then Ambassador for Cultural Affairs; now Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, New York University
 

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These 80 tales complement and supplement the 50 in Walker's first volume (Texas Tech Univ. Pr., 1990). Recorded in situ over the past 30 years from tellers of all ages and stations, they range in ... Read full review

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Contents

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1
Tekerleme
11
The Princess and the Red Horse Husband
12
The Cutworm and the Mouse
20
Nasreddin Hoca as Preacher
22
The Hoca the Witch the Captain and the Hacis Daughter
24
The Prince the Parrot and the Beautiful Mute
34
The Authority of a Host
41
The Faithful Son of the Lâla
123
Okra for Dinner
136
All for a Wrinkled Little Pomegranate
138
How the Siege of Van Was Lifted
144
The Köse and the Three Swindlers
147
The Hoca and the Drought
153
Charity above All
155
A Bouquet of Roses for an Eye
159

The Uncontrollable Desire and the Irresistible Urge
44
The Two Stepdaughters
46
If Allah Wills
51
Pears and Pears
53
The Hoca and the New Barber
57
Community Mourning for Brother Louse
58
The Fisherman and the Jinn
60
The Two Brothers and the Magic Hen
61
The Wordless Letter
69
Whos Selling These Pomegranates?
71
The Stonecutter
72
The Cock and the Prince
80
The Stepdaughter and the Forty Thieves
82
The Unfaithful Wife Detected
89
The Careful Servant and the Curious One
91
The Pilgrim Pays His Debt
93
Backward on the Donkey
98
The End of the Tyrant Bolu Bey
99
The Patience Stone
111
A Tale of Prayers Answered
116
The Defendant Who Won through Discretion
168
The Frog Wife
172
The Donkey That Climbed the Minaret
176
The Shoemaker and the Snake
178
Four Purchased Pieces of Advice
179
The Stepdaughter and the Black Serpent
183
The Farmer and the Padishah of Fairies
188
The Shepherd and His Secret
190
Akilli Taşkafali and the Three Gifts
195
The Woodcutters Heroic Wife
200
Good to the Good and Damnation to the Evil
204
Cihanşah and Şemsi Bâni
207
Camesap and Şahmeran
218
Sheepskin Girl and the Promise
224
The Quest for a Nightingale
230
Guide to Pronunciation of the Turkish Alphabet
240
Glossary of Turkish Terms and Folk Elements
241
Index of Tales by Title
249
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\Talat Sait Halman, Turkey's former Minister of Culture, then Ambassador for Cultural Affairs; now Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, New York University.

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