Orhan Pamuk, Maureen Freely
Istanbul, through the mind of its most celebrated writer.
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Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature
‘A declaration of love.’ Sunday Times
‘A fascinating read for anyone who has even the slightest acquaintance with this fabled bridge between east and west.’ The Economist
‘An irresistibly seductive book’ Jan Morris, Guardian
In a surprising and original blend of personal memoir and cultural history, Turkey’s most celebrated novelist, Orhan Pamuk, explores his home of more than fifty years.
What begins as a portrait of the artist as a young man becomes a shimmering evocation, by turns intimate and panoramic, of one of the world’s greatest cities. Beginning in the family apartment building where he was born, and still lives, Pamuk uses his family secrets to show how they were typical of their time and place. He then guides us through Istanbul’s monuments and lost paradises, dilapidated Ottoman villas, back streets and waterways, and introduces us to the city’s writers, artists and murderers.
Like Joyce’s Dublin and Borges’ Buenos Aires, Pamuk’s Istanbul is a triumphant encounter of place and sensibility, beautifully written and immensely moving.
"'This evocative book succeeds at both its tasks. It is one of the most touching childhood memoirs I have read in a very long time; and it makes me yearn - more than any glossy tourist brochure could possibly do - to be once again in Istanbul.' Noel Malcom, Sunday Telegraph 'An extraordinary and transcendentally beautiful book... It is a long time since I have read a book of such crystalline originality, or one that moved me so much.' Katie Hickman"
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