ISTANBUL: Memories and the City: The Illustrated Edition

ISTANBUL: Memories and the City: The Illustrated Edition

ORHAN PAMUK    Book Number: 87874    Product format: Hardback

Turkey's greatest living novelist guides us through the monuments and lost paradises, dilapidated Ottoman villas, backstreets and waterways of Istanbul and the mighty Bosphorus through the eyes of an Easterner with a Western attitude. Istanbul is the city of his birth and home of his imagination, and his book is one of the most touching childhood memories you will ever read, a seductive and poetical identification with Istanbul. Pamuk's Nobel Prize-winning novels have already made him celebrated throughout the world but 'perhaps he will be longest remembered for this wistful memorial to the city of his heart.' - Jan Morris. The book is 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. He introduces us to the city's writers, artists and murderers and traces the city's evolution from the 1930s to the 2000s, focussing on his childhood and adolescence from the 50s to the 70s. With cinematic fluidity, he moves from the lives of his glamorous, unhappy parent to the gorgeous, decrepit mansions, from the dawning of his self-consciousness to the writers and painters both Turkish and foreign who would shape his consciousness of his city. This weighty illustrated edition is packed with family photographs, portraits of poets and pashas, art criticism, metaphysical musing, and now and again a fanciful tale amid the shattered monuments, neglected villas and ghostly backstreets. Over 200 photos in a heavyweight Faber special illustrated edition of 560pp with colour photograph of the author on the endpaper. From Western eyes some of the photographs depict extreme poverty and unrest and contrast with the glamorous dances and parties of his parents as we look at the Turkification of Constantinople and its Eastern soul.
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ISBN 9780571330348
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