Living through calligraphy

15 03 2008

The Calligraphers’ Night by Yasmine Ghata

Life, love and loss expressed through the medium of calligraphy during early to mid and late 20th Century Istanbul. A lovely, melancholic and almost poetic work but didn’t quite get there in the end. In the end it felt to me that the author was just trying to force the profundity a bit too hard.


Worth a read though (and a nice contemporary companion to the only other book I’ve read relating to Islamic art and calligraphy, the very wonderful My Name is Red by Orhan Pahnuk.)

3 star



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