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Istanbul: Memories and the City

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Weaving history with observations of people, places, and art, Pamuk shows Istanbul's transformation from the seat of faded imperial glory to the ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
Elaine F
by Elaine F on Apr 28, 2011

We visited Turkey and found this book a wonderful preview of the city and the country. I like all of Pamuk's books, even though the Turkish people seem to despise him. More


A must read

by Kappa on Oct 17, 2008

When it is the first time a European meets a Turk, he gets very surprised. He even thinks the Turk is behaving as he is a European. He believes his way of living in his country is much more different. And when somebody such as from Pakistan meets a Turk, mostly, criticises herand asks "how a muslim ... More


Huzun in The City

by MadamBookNerd on Apr 19, 2007

Ah, to understand a Turk. To comprehend a vast, neglected city like Istanbul, a once-splendid hub of empire and now the veritable locus of "East Meets West." Even better, to glimpse intimately, what makes a great author, great. If you haven't read any of Orhan Pamuk's work, reading this fine memoir ... More


Discover the heart of secular Islam

by tellall on Apr 3, 2007

I first picked up Pamuk's book because I admire him so much as a writer. I have also been reading everything I can get my hands on about Islam, the religion, its history, its followers, and the civilization that it created. Pamuk is not really an Islamist of any sort, but writes from the perspective ... More

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