The Dervish House (Gollancz)
by Ian McDonald
Gollancz Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780575080539
Date: 29 July 2010 List Price £12.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Ian McDonald's Brasyl (which I reviewed back in August 2008) was described by Jeff VanderMeer in his review in The Washington Post as "... as close to perfect as any novel in recent memory." - which is about as close to perfect as any review could possibly be! With the publication of The Dervish House, McDonald has produced another masterpiece, this time turning his powerful imagination to a near-future Turkey, just as he did for Brazil in Brasyl and India in River of Gods. Highly recommended. Reviewed in last month's issue by Liz De Jager
"In the CHAGA novels Ian McDonald brought an Africa in the grip of a bizarre alien invasion to life, in RIVER OF GODS he painted a rich portrait of India in 2047, in BRASYL he looked at different Brazils, past present and future. Ian McDonald has found renown at the cutting edge of a movement to take SF away from its British and American white roots and out into the rich cultures of the world. THE DERVISH HOUSE continues that journey and centres on Istanbul in 2025. Turkey is part of Europe but sited on the edge, it is an Islamic country that looks to the West. THE DERVISH HOUSE is the story of the families that live in and around its titular house, it is at once a rich mosaic of Islamic life in the new century and a telling novel of future possibilities. "From release/information:
Product Description: The new SF epic from Ian McDonald does for Turkey what BRASYL did for Brazil.