The architect’s apprentice


Title: A city on the edge of the sky

Author: Elif افafak

Translator: Reza Eskandari Azar

Publisher: Nun

Subject: American stories

Age category: Adult

Number of pages: 464

Language: Farsi



The architect’s apprentice is the title of a novel by Elif افafak, a famous Turkish writer who is known in Iran for his best-selling book “The Nation of Love”. He is known for blending Western literature with history and fantasy and political themes. Now Shafak has gone from east to west in this book, and this time he has brought up the subject of the story of the construction of magnificent and large buildings.

Undoubtedly, the name of Elif Shafak reminds Iranians of the love novel “Nation of Love”. He is one of the Turkish-language writers who has published his early works in Turkish;

But a city on the edge of the sky is one of the works written in English. The book City on the Edge of the Sky is a successful and influential novel that introduces us to the fascinating stories of love, intrigue and historical mysteries.

Summary of an urban book on the edge of the sky
Jahan, a 12-year-old teenager from a village in India, travels by ship to the Ottoman Empire and sets foot in the court of Sultan Suleiman as an elephant tamer.

When Jahan meets Sinan, the great architect of the Ottoman court, he is impressed and selected as one of Sinan’s four students.

In the meantime, the world falls in love with “Mehri Mah”, the daughter of Sultan Suleiman, and although she may never be able to meet Mehri Mah due to being a villager, she meets him many times and shows her interest.

On the other hand, the world is very interested and dependent on an elephant named Chuta.

The world quickly attracted the attention of the architect Sinan and accompanied him in the construction of the largest buildings of the time, such as the mosques of Sulaymaniyah and Sulaymaniyah;

But the Ottoman palace is involved in a series of seditions, and friends may become enemies or sometimes enemies may unite to save each other.

About the city book on the edge of the sky
He has a different characterization in this novel and his characters are people that we see in many societies, for example, the world, which is the main character of this story, also has somewhat suspicious behaviors throughout the story;

For example, he is a professional thief and if he is not careful, he may reveal himself.

On the one hand, the world stands under the magnificent dome of the Sulaimaniyah Mosque, full of conflicts and confusion, with the rosary of theft in hand and indescribable truth in the heart, and on the other hand, it is one of the most intelligent disciples and tame elephants.

In this story, Shafak has been able to create appropriate atmospheres in line with the story itself and show his concerns to the reader in this book.

The architect Sinan and his companions are men of knowledge and are at war with superstitions and religious prejudices. Meanwhile, strange events take place in different parts of the palace and the author introduces us to the colorful stories of each of these characters.

Afak is able to tell a story with the utmost ability, which not only deals with the adventures of the world, but also incorporates historical developments such as the Lapanto War, and in the meantime uses various real and imaginary characters.

From Michelangelo to mystics and ministers and ministers of the harem.

The present book has been translated by Reza Eskandari Azar and published by Noon Publications.

About Elif افafak
Elif افafak was born in 1971 in Strasbourg, France. She is the most popular Turkish novelist and winner of prestigious literary awards, whose works have been translated into fifty different languages.

He was also selected by Politico in 2017 as one of the twelve people who make the world a better place.

Shafak spent his adolescence in Madrid, Spain and then returned to Turkey. He has lived in various cities and states throughout his life, including Ankara, Cologne, Boston, Michigan and Arizona.

Shafak has a special devotion to the city of Istanbul and has often made this city the main focus of his stories; Thus, a sense of multiculturalism and worldview is evident in his personal life and work.

Shafak is also a political and academic scientist. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations, Gender and Women Studies, and a PhD in Political Science and Political Philosophy. Shafak has also taught at universities in Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States, including St. Anne’s College and the University of Oxford.

The author has published seventeen books so far, eleven of which are novels and were originally written in Turkish and English. His first novel, “Hidden”, was published in 1994 and won the “Roman Prize” in Turkey.
“Mirrors of the City” is the title of Shafak’s second novel, which confronts seventeenth-century Islamic and Jewish philosophies with historical situations. With the publication of the novel “Muharram” in 2000, Shafak attracted a larger audience and won the Turkish Writers’ Association Award.

“Nation of Love” is one of his most important works, first published in the United States in February 2010, and immediately topped the best-selling books in Turkey in a month, selling more than 150,000 copies.

His other works include Palace Lice, Honor, and 10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in This Strange World.

In a part of the city book The architect’s apprentice, we read:
It was past midnight when he heard a loud snort from the depths of darkness. Immediately, he recognized the owner of the voice.

The voice of the biggest cat was like the palace of the Sultan: a tiger of Mazandaran with amber eyes and golden fur. Wondering what – or who – disturbed the animal’s calmness, his heart pounded.

At that late hour, everyone had to be asleep – humans, animals, jinns. In the city of Hafta Tappeh, except for the night watchmen who were on duty, only two groups could be awake: those who were praying and those who were sinning.

The “world” was also awake and working. His teacher often said, “Work for those like us is like praying.” “This is our way of communicating with God.” The younger world once asked him, “So how does God answer us?” “Well, of course.

“By giving us more work.” The world thought to itself that if it were to believe this, then it must have had a very close relationship with the Almighty, because it tried twice as hard to do two professions instead of one.

He was both a filmmaker and a planner. Although he pursued two professions, he had only one teacher who admired him, honored him, and secretly wished to be better than him.

His teacher was Sinan, the master architect of the court. Sinan had hundreds of apprentices, thousands of workers and more, supporters and supporters.
With all this, he had only four students. The world was proud to be one of them. He was both proud and confused from the inside.

He had chosen the Master of the World – a simple servant, a low-ranking philologist – while he had a large number of talented apprentices at the Palace School. Knowing this, instead of boosting his self-esteem, filled his being with fear.

Famous Turkish writer Elif اکafak is a familiar name to literary audiences around the world these days.

His works have been translated into many languages ​​and are among the bestsellers in the book market in Europe, America and other parts of the world. The novel “City on the Edge of the Sky” covers a period of about one hundred years from the time of the Ottoman Empire.
In the 16th century, a boy named Jahan set foot in Istanbul. He has taken a job in the Ottoman court and it is not long before he falls in love with Mehr Banu, the Sultan’s daughter.

“City on the Edge of the Sky” is a memorable story of love, freedom and creativity, taking the reader on a mysterious journey into the unknown realm of architecture, mysticism and the interior of the Ottoman court.

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