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Byron and the Beauty
Byron and the Beauty

Byron and the Beauty

FICTION

95 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $15.95 (CA $21.95) (US $15.95)

Publication Date: August 2016

ISBN 9781908236289

Rights: US, CA, SAM & CAR

Istros Books (Aug 2016)

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Overview

Set during Byron's famous journey across the Balkans in the autumn of 1809, this is a fictional reimagining of a love affair between the famous poet and a local beauty

Byron and the Beauty is very loosely based on Byron's biography and takes place during two weeks of October, 1809, during his visit to the Balkans. Muharem Bazdulj marvelously combines facts with imagination, history, and romance, resulting in an exceptionally beautiful novel. Lord Byron ends up experiencing and embodying the lyrical Balkan condition of unrequited love called sevdah, but his valiant behavior also lands him in a regional folk song; this nod to changing cultural production in the Ottoman lands calls to mind the works of Ismail Kadare. From coffee to customary law, from courtship rituals to the culture of conversation, Byron navigates the invigorating culture of the Balkans with the help of his Muslim and Jewish guides. Connoisseurs of Byron studies will find here an exciting reworking of the great poet's youth and also ample reflections on his world view and literary influences.

Author Biography

Muharem Bazdulj is one of the leading writers of the younger generation to appear in the countries of the former Yugoslavia. He is active as a journalist and a translator. Bazdulj is the author of nine books, including the short story collections One Like a Song, The Second Book, and The Travnik Three, as well as the novels Concert and Sowing Salt.