Istanbul

Istanbul

Memories and the City

Book - 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 h #65533; z #65533; n-- 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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 2006
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781400033881
Branch Call Number: 949.618 PAM
Characteristics: xii, 384 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
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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