Architecture in Contemporary Literature

Ports of Call

Author(s): Sennur Akansel * .

Pp: 182-186 (5)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815165166123010024

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


 Amin Maalouf or Emin Maluf, was born on February 25, 1949, in Beirut. The author, who writes his books in French, has lived in France since 1976. The author was awarded the Goncourt Academy Literary Award in 1993 for his novel, The Rock of Tanios (Le Rocheɾ de Tanios). His books have been translated into more than 40 languages and have reached a wide audience in France and in many other countries. Amin Maalouf tells the history of the Middle East to Westerners in their own language. He owes his fame to historical novels. His first book, The Crusades through the Eyes of the Arabs, played an important role in his recognition as a great writer. Ports of Call, one of Maalouf's important works, tells the story of a person who was born in Lebanon, then went to France, took part in the resistance movement, and then returned to Lebanon to be greeted as a hero. The author states that his source of inspiration for this book was the life story of a person he met towards the end of the 1960s. It describes the divisions experienced in Palestine and Lebanon during World War II and offers implicit solutions to the events in the Middle East. This study aims to provide a spatial analysis of the locations where the events of the story take place.

Keywords: Amin maalouf, Abdülaziz, Adana, Beirut, Christianity, Eastern culture, East-west conflict, France, Historical novel, Istanbul, Lebanon, Literature, Mediterranean architect, Muslim, Mansion, Ottoman empire, Ottoman house, Rebel, Separation, Sadness, Stone building.

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