The Architect's Apprentice

Autor Elif Shafak
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en Limba Engleză Paperback – 23 apr 2015
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A dazzling and intricate tale from Elif Shafak, Booker-shortlisted author of10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

'There were six of us: the master, the apprentices and the white elephant. We built everything together...'

Sixteenth century Istanbul: a stowaway arrives in the city bearing an extraordinary gift for the Sultan. The boy is utterly alone in a foreign land, with no worldly possessions to his name except Chota, a rare white elephant destined for the palace menagerie.

So begins an epic adventure that will see young Jahan rise from lowly origins to the highest ranks of the Sultan's court. Along the way he will meet deceitful courtiers and false friends, gypsies, animal tamers, and the beautiful, mischievous Princess Mihrimah. He will journey on Chota's back to the furthest corners of the Sultan's kingdom and back again. And one day he will catch the eye of the royal architect, Sinan, a chance encounter destined to change Jahan's fortunes forever.

Filled with all the colour of the Ottoman Empire, when Istanbul was the teeming centre of civilisation,The Architect's Apprenticeis a magical, sweeping tale of one boy and his elephant caught up in a world of wonder and danger.

'A gorgeous picture of a city teeming with secrets, intrigue and romance'The Times

'Shafak's most ambitious novel yet her best - generous and imaginative'Independent

'Exuberant, epic and comic, fantastical and realistic . . . like all good stories it conveys deeper meanings about human experience'Financial Times

'Fascinating. A vigorous evocation of the Ottoman Empire at the height of its power'Sunday Times

'Intricate, multi-layered, resplendent, vividly evoked, beautifully written'Observer

'Sumptuous, absorbing, moving'Independent on Sunday

Elif Shafak's latest novelThe Island of Missing Treesis available for pre-order now
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ISBN-13: 9780241970942
ISBN-10: 0241970946
Pagini: 464
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 28 mm
Greutate: 0.32 kg
Editura: Penguin Books
Colecția Penguin
Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom

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Anca Iordachescu a dat nota:

Foarte mult mi-a placut povestea imaginata de Elif Shafak pe fundalul istoric al unei perioade din Imperiul Otoman, secolul 15-16. Ucenicia dintre Jahan, un baiat indian umil, imblanzitorul unui elefant alb, si arhitectul Sinan (Mimar Sinan in realitate) reflecta foarte bine o relatie de mentorat in arhitectura. Deseori, metafora arhitectura - viata m-a lasat inmarmurita, asa cum a fost descrisa (in limba engleza cel putin) de autoare. Un roman captivant, cu iz oriental, ce merita citit!

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Notă biografică

Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist and the most widely read female author in Turkey. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published seventeen books, eleven of which are novels. Her work has been translated into fifty languages. Shafak holds a PhD in political science and she has taught at various universities in Turkey, the US and the UK, including St Anne's College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary fellow. She is a member of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy and a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). An advocate for women's rights, LGBT rights and freedom of speech, Shafak is an inspiring public speaker and twice a TED global speaker, each time receiving a standing ovation. Shafak contributes to many major publications around the world and she has been awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. In 2017 she was chosen by Politico as one of the twelve people who would make the world better. She has judged numerous literary prizes and is chairing the Wellcome Prize 2019. Find out more about Elif Shafak on her website:


A gorgeous picture of a city teeming with secrets, intrigue and romance
Exuberant, epic and comic, fantastical and realistic . . . like all good stories it conveys deeper meanings about human experience
Fascinating. A vigorous evocation of the Ottoman Empire at the height of its power
Intricate, multi-layered, resplendent, vividly evoked, beautifully written
Sumptuous, absorbing, moving


When Jahan travels to 16th-century Istanbul as a stowaway carrying the gift of a white elephant for the sultan, little does he know the journey on which he is about to embark. As he settles into life in Istanbul, Jahan's fortunes are shaped by chance encounters. In the palace gardens he meets Mihrimah, the beautiful and mischievous princess, and loses his heart in an instant. Later he catches the eye of Grand Architect Sinan, who chooses Jahan as his apprentice and changes the young boy's destiny for ever. Full of magic, colour and societal upheaval in the architectural renaissance of Turkey, this is the sweeping tale of plagues, wars, forbidden romance and the simple love between a boy and his elephant.