The Emperor Tea Garden
Translated from the Turkish by Robert Finn
"A postmodern gem. Set outside reality as often as in, the book follows an extraordinary cast of characters as they come to terms with romance, history, and everyday life. Through its bizarre twists and turns, Eray’s imaginative book illustrates our own interconnectedness in an increasingly chaotic world."—World Literature Today
"Eray is a gifted author; her prose is beautiful, with a richness that allows one to ‘[live] in different worlds’"—Publishers Weekly
"Nazlι Eray takes the reader to a fantastic journey where fact and fiction
intersect to liberate the loaded and much-consumed concepts like love and
passion, and to suggest that neither death nor everyday life can imprison
them. In Eray’s house of fiction, lovers unite transgressing the boundaries
set by time, space and conventions."—Mine Özyurt Kιlιç, Doğuş University, Istanbul
Nazlι Eray is one of Turkey’s most popular writers. She is the
founder of the Turkish Literary Association, an honorary faculty
member at the University of Iowa, and a member of PEN International.
She is the author of many stories, plays, and novels,
including The Street of Different Dreams, Orpheus, and The Man
Who Wears Love, which won the Yunis Nadi Novel Prize in 2002.
Robert Finn is a nonresident fellow at the Liechtenstein Institute,
a principal investigator for the Century Foundation Task Force on
Pakistan, and a visiting scholar at Columbia University. He served
as the first US ambassador to Afghanistan in more than twenty
years, from March 2002 to August 2003. He is the author of The
Early Turkish Novel and translator of Nazlι Eray’s Orpheus and
Orhan Pamuk’s Silent House.