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Istanbul

ISBN: 9781400033881 | 1400033888
Edition: Reprint
Format: Trade Paper
Publisher: Vintage
Pub. Date: 7/11/2006

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A shimmering evocation, by turns intimate and panoramic, of one of the world's great cities, by its foremost writer. Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul and still lives 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 melancholyorhuzunthat allIstanbullusshare: the sadness that comes of living amid the ruins of a lost empire. With cinematic fluidity, Pamuk moves from his glamorous, unhappy parents to the gorgeous, decrepit mansions overlooking the Bosphorus; from the dawning of his self-consciousness to the writers and paintersboth Turkish and foreignwho would shape his consciousness of his city. Like Joyce's Dublin and Borges' Buenos Aires, Pamuk'sIstanbulis a triumphant encounter of place and sensibility, beautifully written and immensely moving. From the Trade Paperback edition.


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