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mother&son My Angel Mother and I (Melek Annem ve Ben):  The life story of the two heroes, a mother and son, from the beginning of the 1900’s until today, centered on their residence in a Bosphorus-side mansion. These are lives of infinite color and variety, spanning old Istanbul, occupied Istanbul, religious Istanbul, modern parties and mystic personalities, based in an 18 room waterside mansion. It tells of the love between Belkis and one of her children, Mehmed, brought up at home by French governesses. The book intertwines the diaries of the mother with the words of her son, the entrancing story of a mother who embraces her writer, painter, composer, gay son.

”Moi, le dernier membre de C.E ‘bonne femme’…  J’avais 15 ans quand j’écrivais tout ça a` l’édition de mois de Février du Conseil d’Enfant, en bref C.E. Aujourd’hui? Disons 85. Je ne vais pas trop vous parler de moi meme. Au moins pour l’instant…

Que dites vous a C.E.? En résumée on peut dire pour C.E.que c’est la publication d’une bande de six; moi, mes soeurs Semiha, Seyfiye, mes cousines Nermin, Enise et Samime sont les membres de cette bande. Et nous, les six enfants du rive de Seigneur Abud, nous publions ce journal mensuellement. Certains d’entre nous écrivent une page de théâtre, d’autres un essai ou une conte… C’était si amusante la vie reflétant du monde imaginaire de l’enfance…Nous avons crée un langage que personne d’autre ne comprend. Je suis sûr que vous n’avez jamais entendu le mot ’şinanidikay’. Ça signifie la femme chic, élégante, attractive dont les autres ne peuvent s’empêcher de regarder. C’était Seyfiye qui avait dessiné Şinanidikay pour C.E. et nous avons écrit en dessous “ aussi poseuse et causeuse, en tout tres charmeuse. Un autre type “la Gazelle” était le coquin, et “Con” la putain. Les noms étaient attribués suivant les caracteres des visiteurs du rives. Et les regardant de loin, nous mourrions de rire. Nous avions commencé a`publier C.E. en fin des 1920 et ç’a duré 5 ans. Et avant, était publié “l’Eternel et l’Infini”. C’était un journal ottoman publié en 1925 -je n’y avais jamais écrit-. İl n’a pas duré longtemps. İl a a peine duré un an parce qu’il n’a pas plût les autres. ”

The Wild Girl of Archeology / the Prof. Muhibbe Darga Book

This is a biography stitched distinctively from interviews. It includes the 93 year old professor Darga’s memories of exploratory digs around Anatolia on horseback, Hittites and philology, as well as the most entertaining sides of the world of archeological discovery and scholarship. One of Turkey’s, indeed the world’s, leading ladies. Muhibbe Darga attended Istanbul University’s Hittitology Department at the beginning of the 1940s. She would meet many notables of Archeology at this faculty, founded by Prof. Bossert who fled from Germany to Turkey. Her enthusiasm and extravert personality, excellence in French and German and of course passion for Archeology drew attention. After Prof Bossert discovered Karatape, a very important excavation site from Hittite era, Darga accompanied him in late 40s. She learned a lot from her tutor on the significance of history and archeology, and the Turkey of those days, during their travels and investigations on horseback. After her researches on Archeology in Germany and France, Darga decided to concentrate on philology and then attained her professorship. In her book “Woman in Anatolia”, she indicated the status of women in this land and in her “Hittite Art”; she drew the attention of not only intellectuals but also the general public. Devoting her life to archeology, Darga is one of its few female pioneers. This book reveals the development of Archeological Sciences in Turkey, artistic and scientific aspects of her life, all scenes from national and international excavations, including jealousies, love affairs and entertainments. Witnessing Darga’s life will also lead you to find yourself in a colorful variety of memories and moments, shared by such remarkable personalities of Archeology and Philology as Ord. Prof. Ekrem Akurgal, Prof. Arif Müfid Mansel, Prof. James Mellaart, the discoverer of  Çatalhöyük Settlement, Prof. Helmuth Theodor Bossert,  Prof. Dupont Sommer, C.W. Ceram (Kurt Marek), Prof. Jean Marie Durand, Benno Lansberger, Prof. Emmanuel Laroche, Emilia Masson, Prof. Wolfgang Müller Wiener, Rudolph Naumann, Prof. Heinrich Otten, Katharina Otto-Dorn, and Prof. Einar von Schuler.

Polar Star of the Historians/ the Prof. Halil İnalcık Book

The biograpy includes the 97 year old professor İnalcık’s memory who is a big Ottoman historian. As his life focused on history, the book contains his remarkable answers on the world’s history. İnalcık, started his education at the Ankara Gazi Teacher Training School and, in 1934 when Atatürk paid a visit to the school, he had the memorable opportunity of asking him questions about history. Between 1935-1940, he was a student in the Faculty of Humanities, Ankara University.  After receiving his doctorate, became Professor of Modern History there in 1952. On retiring in 1972, he was invited to become visiting professor in the department of history at the University of Chicago. He retired from this position in 1986, and in 1993 he was asked to establish a department of history at Bilkent University. During the period 1942-2008, İnalcık published over 300 scholarly articles and 26 books on Ottoman and Turkish history, written in Turkish, English and French. The Ottoman Empire: The Classical Age has been printed four times in English, as well as being translated into six Balkan languages and Arabic. First published in English, his [musterek] book entitled The Economic and Social History of the Ottoman Empire has been published in Turkish, Arabic, Greek, and Polish. İnalcık’s publications on Ottoman-Turkish history have done a great service to not only Turkish History but also Turkish national identity by challenging the biases and inaccuracies in foreign studies. His research, based on primary sources, archival documents and contemporary historical methods, is to be welcomed with warmth and appreciation throughout the scientific world. This reflected in the 23 honorary degrees he has received from foreign universities and his nomination to membership of foreign academies. As well as being a member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences, he has also been elected to other Turkish, American, British, Serbian and Albanian academies. At the age of 97, İnalcık is currently preparing books for publication.