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Living in Istanbul (Living In...)by Jerome Darblay
Synopses & Reviews
Istanbul has been the capital of Roman emperors, Byzantine despots and Turkish sultans. Stretching along both sides of the Bosporus from the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea, it occupies one of the most extraordinary geographical locations on earth. Vestiges of the diverse cultures that have flourished hereGreek, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman - survive in modern Istanbul, where the different quarters are still divided by what the Byzantine poet Procopius once called a 'garland of waters'. In this superb volume, the authors reveal the unique lifestyle and hidden splendours of Istanbul, inviting us to discover an infinite variety of charming private homes, delicate wooden yahs, and magnificent palaces on the European and Asian shores of the Bosporus. These sumptuous dwellings - whether modern or traditional, intimate or spectacular - are imbued with the magic of water and light, of copper and wood, and a sophisticated combination of Eastern and Western influences. Plunging into the daily life of the bustling city, the exotic Covered Bazaar and celebrated Egyptian Market beckon, where after sampling the delicious local products, tired visitors may pause for a refreshing glass of tea in a sidewalk cafe. In the hans - former caravan depots which now serve as workshops for traditional craftsmen - kilims, carpets, painted tiles, and other marvelous creations abound, and the sacred art of calligraphy is still practiced. Stunning photographs by Jerome Darblay, specially commissioned for this volume, unveil the secrets of this ancient city, while an extensive visitor's guide to hotels, restaurants, traditional shops, museums and other attractions provides information for the discriminatingtraveller to discover Istanbul's thousand-and-one delights.
The Living in... series takes you on an armchair visit of the houses, gardens, museums and palaces of the world's most beautiful countries and cities. From Norway to Istanbul, from Portugal to London, discover the neglected treasures and hidden delights of regions which still harbor secrets to enchant even the most world-weary traveler. And for those inspired to visit, each volume includes an exclusive traveler's guide.
About the Author
Kenizé Mourad, who wrote the preface, is a journalist and the author of the novel Farewell Princess (1982). Her mother, the princess Selma, was the grand-daughter of Sultan Murat V. The other contributing authors are Lale Apa, editor-in-chief of the magazine Istanbul, The Guide; Teresa Battesti, a curator at the Musée de l'Homme in Paris; John Freely, an American author whose publications include Strolling Through Istanbul, the Blue Guide to Istanbul, and Classical Turkey; Nedim Gürsel, a researcher at the CNRS in Paris and author of numerous fiction and non-fiction works devoted to Istanbul; Tim Hindle, a British journalist writing for The Economist, a co-founder of the magazines Istanbul, The Guide and Eurobusiness, and author of The Sultan of Berkley Square; Arzu Karamani, the editor of the home decorating column in the Turkish edition of Marie-Claire magazine; and Gérard-Georges Lemaire, a writer and curator.
Jérôme Darblay's photographs appear regularly in international home decorating and architecture magazines and have been featured in the books Inside Paris, Living in Venice, and Maisons de Famille.
Caroline Champenois is a journalist and style editor specializing in home decorating and is a frequent contributor to the magazines Maison et Jardin and Madame Figaro. She is also the author of the chapters Homes of Charm and Modernity within Tradition.
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