Istanbul

Istanbul

Memories and the City

eBook - 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 melancholy-or hIstanbul is a triumphant encounter of place and sensibility, beautifully written and immensely moving
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2006
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9780307386489
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Freely, Maureen 1952-
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Jul 25, 2015

Istanbul, according to Mr. Pamuk, is more a state of mind than a place. The book is both a memoir and a meditation on growing up in a place that was the glorious center of a vast and powerful empire and finding parallels between its current reduced state and his family's fall from grace and wealth. He focuses much on "huzun", a state of melancholy unique to Istanbul. This is the Istanbul of the 60's and 70's--very different from the city of today but it's a view of a time and place that can only be revisited through memory. Well written, interesting and enriched by many interesting pictures.

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