During one of the many sieges of Vienna, the frustrated Sultan finally decides that it cannot go on like this, and orders the courtiers to conjure the soul of the city.
However, in a surprising turn of events, the conjuring brings in the souls of the previous sieges of the city.
Vienna, Period is a hilarious and well-written account of the Ottoman efforts to conquer Vienna, almost a magical-realist guideline of improbable war strategies. From building a new, fake Vienna just outside the borders of the real city to highly unrealistic bureaucratic negotiations, from witchcraft to scientific formulas, Vienna, Period includes quite a wide range of alternative conquest (or more likely, failure) storylines featuring a variety of characters such as Janissaries, beggars, poets, artists, magicians and scientists.
Interlaced with subtle hints of the 1980 coup d’etat in Turkey, Vienna, Period marks a unique point in Turkish literature.
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