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Harems | Harems

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 In her adult title Harem: The World behind the Veil (1989), Croutier explored the Grand Harem in Istanbul's Tokapi Palace, and she returns to this evocative setting in her first novel for young people.  The year is 1720. Twelve-year-old Leyla has always been privy to a happy lifestyle in Istanbul...
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Drawing on a host of intimate firsthand accounts, histories, and memoirs in English, French, Italian, and Turkish, Harem explores life in the world’s harems, from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century, focusing on the fabled harem of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul as a paradigm for all. We are...