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Istanbul: Memories and the City


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ISBN13: 9781400033881
ISBN10: 1400033888
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“Delightful, profound, marvelously original. . . . Pamuk tells the story of the city through the eyes of memory.” —Alberto Manguel, The Washington Post Book World


The introduction, discussion questions, suggested reading list, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your group’s reading of Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul, an intimate, richly rewarding tale of growing up in a city haunted by the ghosts of its glorious past.

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NYC, December 27, 2010 (view all comments by NYC)
Unlike the previous reviewer, I had never had any interest in Turkey. How I came to read this memoir is a very interesting story, but for another time and place. But boy am I glad I was pointed in the direction of this book. It was a great read, I couldn't put it down, and was even tempted to reread it. (Something I still plan on doing some day.) I followed it up with another nonfiction book by Pamuk, "Other Colors: Essays and a Story." Another wonderful book. And I'm currently reading yet another nonfiction book by Pamuk called "The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist." He's one of my favorite authors of nonfiction (I haven't read any of his fiction yet) both on the page and in person. (I saw him at a literary event at a Barnes & Noble here in NYC a year ago and he was just delightful!)
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I have a fascination with Istanbul that was deepened by this book. Orhan Pamuk has lived his life in the city and ruminates on history, melancholy, desire and change. This is memoir as history and history as memoir.
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Memories and the City
Pamuk, Orhan
Freely, Maureen
Vintage Books USA
Description and travel
Essays & Travelogues
Middle East - Turkey
Istanbul (Turkey)
Europe - Baltic States
Travel Writing-General
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Trade paper
Vintage International
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8.04x5.28x.81 in. .83 lbs.

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Product details 400 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9781400033881 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Delightful, profound, marvelously original....Pamuk tells the story of the city through the eyes of memory."
"Review" by , "Far from a conventional appreciation of the city's natural and architectural splendors, Istanbul tells of an invisible melancholy and the way it acts on an imaginative young man, aggrieving him but pricking his creativity."
"Review" by , "Brilliant....Pamuk insistently describes [a] dizzingly gorgeous, historically vibrant metropolis."
"Review" by , “A fascinating read for anyone who has even the slightest acquaintance with this fabled bridge between east and west.”
"Synopsis" by , A shimmering evocation, by turns intimate and panoramic, of one of the worlds 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 hüzün — 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.

"Synopsis" by , Weaving history with observations of people, places, and art, Pamuk shows Istanbul's transformation from the seat of faded imperial glory to the capital of a modern nation at the dizzying crossroads of East and West.
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