Synopses & Reviews
A remarkable 19th-century account of Constantinople that expertly combines personal anecdote, breathtaking visual observation, and entertaining historical information
Edmondo de Amicis's brilliant look into an integral facet of world history begins with a dazzling description of the city gradually appearing through the fog as the author's ship approaches it through the harbor. His narrative further goes on to provide an invaluable record of Constantinople as it used to bea fascinating crossroads between Eastern and Western civilization and one of the most cosmopolitan cities of its timeas well as a vivid example of a European tourists' reaction to itpart delight, part incomprehension. This book will provide an enriching read for lovers of history or those planning to visit Istanbul themselves.
About the Author
Edmondo de Amicis (18461908) was a poet, a novelist, and a short-story and travel writer. He is best remembered for his children's story Cuore.