Istanbul Was a Fairy Tale

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Dalkey Archive Press, Apr 24, 2012 - Fiction - 656 pages
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In his unique and lyrical style, Mario Levi captures the city of Istanbul and its storied past with a rare intimacy and humor.

A major work of contemporary Turkish literature, Istanbul Was a Fairy Tale tells the stories of three generations of a Jewish family from the 1920s to the 1980s. Istanbul is their only home, and yet they live in a state of alienation, isolating themselves from the world around them. As witness, observer, and protagonist, the narrator—at once inside and outside of his story—records their many tales, as well as those of their friends and neighbors, creating an expansive mosaic of characters, each doing their best to survive the twentieth century.

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About the author (2012)

Mario Levi was born in 1957 in Istanbul. He graduated from Istanbul University's Faculty of Literature with a degree in French language and literature in 1980. In addition to being a writer, Levi has worked as a French teacher, an importer, a journalist, a radio programmer, and a copywriter. Istanbul Was a Fairy Tale is his first novel to be translated into English.

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