A Gift for the Sultan

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Based on the true history of the siege of Constantinople in 1402 and the battle of Ankara, with a cast of historical figures and fictional composite characters, A Gift for the Sultan is a story of Christians versus Muslims, cosmopolitans versus anti-urbanites, the conflicts within each group, and the surprising complicities between supposed foes. More
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About Geoffrey Fox

"He was like a man who had served a term in prison or had been to Harvard College or had lived for a long time with foreigners in South America."
― Carson McCullers on Jake Blount, in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

Immediately after graduating from college, I worked in Venezuela as a community organizer in working-class barrios of Caracas. I then earned a Ph.D. in sociology at Northwestern University with a dissertation Working-Class Émigrés from Cuba (Palo Alto: R&E Research Publications, 1979). I continued teaching and writing social analyisi on Latin American themes before turning to fiction in the 1980s. My book of short stories, Welcome to My Contri was reviewed in New York Times Book Review, 1988, and my stories in print and online journals include several in Spanish signed by Baltasar Lotroyo, my alter ego. My nonfiction books on Latin America have been published by HarperCollins and the University of Arizona Press, and articles and reviews have appeared in media including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Nation and others. A Gift for the Sultan, my first published novel (2010), has been translated into Turkish and published by Nokta Kitap, Istanbul (2012). My most recent novel (published by Troubador, 2021) is Rabble! A story of the Paris Commune. I live in southeastern Spain.

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Roger Lawrence reviewed on Sep. 6, 2011

I forgot to give a rating. It easily deserves a five.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Roger Lawrence reviewed on Sep. 5, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book. The combination of myth, fantasy and reality made it a real page turner and one I would recommend to anyone - and this from someone who prefers science fiction.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
satorre reviewed on July 1, 2011

A wonderful read, full of fascinating characters and intrigue. It opened a window into a world where Christianity and Islam managed to coexist through unusual arrangements. Much of the action takes places in Istanbul, one of the world's most extraordinary cities. The end is surprising and very satisfying.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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