Istanbul (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 5, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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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 melancholy–or hüzün– that all Istanbullus share: 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 painters–both Turkish and foreign–who would shape his consciousness of his city. Like Joyce’s Dublin and Borges’ Buenos Aires, Pamuk’s Istanbul is a triumphant encounter of place and sensibility, beautifully written and immensely moving.
  

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Excellent introduction to a complex city - Goodreads
i like the pictures of sad little orhan. - Goodreads
Pamuk's writing style is beautiful. - Goodreads
There is even a nationalist plot to kill him! - Goodreads
This book is a love story. - Goodreads
The cover art is sheer beauty! - Goodreads

Review: Istanbul: Memories and the City

User Review  - Kasturi Gvl - Goodreads

I started reading this book to discover a city. I ended up discovering much more than I had expected. I visualized, imagined and dreamt of the streets, the people, the history, the civilization, the ... Read full review

Review: Istanbul: Memories and the City

User Review  - Siw Hildebrand - Goodreads

Well written, but I feel there's a clear vision lacking. If I haden't been to Istanbul, then it would be hard to be motivated to finish it. Read full review

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Contents

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G 7 cmvnzn TIIREEZ Me
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CHAPTER FOURI The Destruction of the Pashas Hzlnsionsz
26
CHAPTER FIVEI Black and hitc
34
CHAPTER SIXI Exploring the Bosphorus
47
CHAPTER SEVENI Mellings Bosphorus Landscapes
62
CHAPTER EIGHTI I_ Mother My Father
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Cihangir
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CHAPTER TENZ Hiijii
90
CHAPTER THIRTEENI Thejoy and Monotony 10Ul
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The Pleasures of Painting
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CHAPTER NINETEENZ Conquest or Decline?
170
CHAPTER TWENTYI Rcligioll
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About the author (2006)

Orhan Pamuk's novel My Name Is Red won the 2003 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He lives in Istanbul.


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