Synopses & Reviews
Under the Ottomans, who ruled the eastern Mediterranean for 500 years, cosmopolitan life in Istanbul took a particularly vigorous and productive form, creating a web of connection and identity that is conspicuously absent in our own era. Installing himself in a former Benedictine monastery overlooking the Golden Horn, the author looks into the social life of a city that was once the capital of a vast and ethnically-complex empire. He meets citizens ranging from Bosphorus fishermen to the remnants of the port-city's Greek and Armenian communities. The stage of a vital drama now being played out between modern secularism and traditional Islam, the author finds in today's Istanbul a city that offers solutions to the future of globalization. Despite the seriousness of the book's theme, he keeps his narrative lively and down-to-earth by letting Mediterraneans do their own talking, something they excel at in any case.
Volume III in Nicholas Woodsworth's Mediterranean trilogy
captivating look at modern and yet traditional city
About the Author
Nicholas Woodsworth was born in Ottawa, Canada in 1953 and grew up in a diplomatic family in Africa and Asia. He became the Financial Times Africa Correspondent in the late 1980s, and was the Weekend FT's staff travel write4r from 1989 to 2003. He lives with his wife in Aix-en-Provence.