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Istanbul Memories of a City

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Genre:Writing & Editing Guides
Language: English
Release: April 06, 2006
Edition:6th
Paperback
ISBN13:9780571218332
ISBN10:0571218334
Pages:348
Dimensions:4.96 x 7.8 x 0.87 inches
Weight:297.67 g

About the Book


Istanbul is a shimmering evocation, by turns intimate and panoramic, of one of the world's great cities, by its foremost writer. Orhan Pamuk, winner of the Nobel Prize in 2006, was born in Istanbul, in the family apartment building where his mother first held him in her arms. His portrait of his city is thus also a self-portrait, refracted by memory and the melancholy-or hüzün - that all Istanbullus share: the sadness that comes of living amid the ruins of a lost Ottoman Empire.
As he companionably guides us across the Bosphorus, through Istanbul's historical monuments and lost paradises, its dilapidated Ottoman villas, back streets and waterways, he also introduces us to the city's writers, artists and murderers.
Like the Dublin of Joyce and Jan Morris' Venice , Pamuk's Istanbul is a triumphant encounter of place and sensibility, beautifully written and immensely moving.