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‘Honeyland’, the critically acclaimed film about a Turkish villager in Macedonia, captured hearts and minds in 2020
The film opens with a scene of breathtaking beauty. A tiny figure moves purposefully across an enormous wilderness to an accompaniment of birdsong and plaintive Balkan vocal music. She traverses a precipitous ledge and then, in stunning close-up, we see her face, serene and concentrated, as with bare hands she chisels into the rock face. She opens a chamber stacked with thick, ripe slabs of honeycomb, the colour of her blouse, and loud with the massed buzzing of contented bees. She pours cupfuls of bees gently onto the rocky ledge and carries them home in a basket on her back. There, in the ruins that are her village, silhouetted against a flaming sunset, she sings them majestically into their new home…
Tim Stanley on a celebration of Şeyh Hamdullah and the 500-year-old calligraphy tradition that almost vanished
A newly discovered 16th-century painting of Süleyman the Magnificent, sold by Sotheby’s London this spring (and subseqently donated to the Istanbul Municipality by an anonymous businessman), is the most ‘immediate’ portrait of him until the last years of his life. This is Süleyman in his pomp. By Julian Raby
An affectionate tribute to Suna Kıraç by Özalp Birol
Fruit poached to perfection, the fragrant ‘hoşaf’, or compote, is a simple, soothing finale to any meal
Berrin Torolsan is enchanted by the House of Hindliyan. Photographs by Tim Beddow
Philip Mansel on a book that tells the story of the Pera-born dragoman Mouradgea d’Ohsson, the ultimate cosmopolite who lifted the lid on the Topkapı. This special 24-page feature, Cornucopia includes 28 of the images from Mouradgea’s magnum opus, Tableau général de l’Empire othoman
Anatolia on foot 40 years ago, by Christopher Trillo, with photographs by the author and Stephen Scoffham
Central Asia, a plant-hunter’s paradise, has long held Chris Gardner under its spell. For two decades the Antalya-based botanical writer and photographer has traversed countless miles of steppe and mountain in search of the hardier cousins of many of his favourite Turkish plants
Caroline Eden tells Ergun Çağatay’s remarkable story
John Hare on how the two-humped wild camel was saved from extinction
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