Livre de Dede Korkut

Le Livre de Dede Korkut (Kitabi Dədə Qorqud en azéri, signifiant le « Livre du grand-père Korkut ») est une fable épique commune aux peuples turcs oghuz, et plus particulièrement turkmènes et azéris. Durant l’année 2000, lors de son 1300e  anniversaire, il a reçu le prix littéraire de l’année par l’UNESCO.

 

The Book of Dede Korkut is a collection of twelve stories set in the heroic age of the Oghuz Turks, a nomadic tribe who had journeyed westwards through Central Asia from the ninth century onwards. The stories are peopled by characters as bizarre as they are unforgettable: Crazy Karchar, whose unpredictability requires an army of fleas to manage it; Kazan, who cheerfully pretends to necrophilia in order to escape from prison; the monster Goggle-eye; and the heroine Chichek, who shoots, races on horseback and wrestles her lover. Geoffrey Lewis’s classic translation retains the odd and oddly appealing style of the stories, with their mixture of the colloquial, the poetic and the dignified, and magnificently conveys the way in which they bring to life a wild society and its inhabitants. (The Book of Dede Korkut – Penguin Classics – Geoffrey Lewis, Translator)

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