Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk


byOrhan Pamuk

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A shimmering evocation, by turns intimate and panoramic, of one of the world’s 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.

Author Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul, Turkey on June 7, 1952. After graduating from Robert College in Istanbul, he studied architecture at the Istanbul Technical University. After three years, he decided to become a writer and graduated from the Institute of Journalism at the University of Istanbul in 1976. In 1982, he published his...
Title:IstanbulFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 5, 2006Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307386481

ISBN - 13:9780307386489

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting and poignant approach. A nicely drawn portrait of an amazing city and a writer's journey.A vivid picture of the city at a moment in time. Really enjoyed the book
Date published: 2013-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pamuk's Istanbul IS relevant! As a trained retail bookseller from Munich, I came to this work with a burden of “hüsün’ experiences of my own. The strongest comparison I can make is that to Goethe’s Dichtung und Wahrheit, in which his native Frankfurt merely provides the backdrop to his very own take on his personal growth. Both Goethe and Pamuk are writers who see with the eyes of potential painters, yet, today, we do not have ‘Goethes’ or ‘Pamuk’’s’ hanging in our museums. In a recent film that was probably arranged by Pamuk’s German publisher, Carl Hanser, Pamuk invites us to wander the cities we love the way he wanders through his beloved Istanbul. This sums up the spirit with which he guides us through his native city in his book. In so doing, he goes beyond the visible towards the essence of things. This essence of things becomes also apparent in a pivotal part of his book, towards its end, when he recalls his first love. It brought back to my mind the end of Goethe’s Dichtung und Wahrheit, when he realizes that he has no real chance of making a living in Frankfurt and even less of making a life for himself and his fiancé, Lilli Schoenemann. Hence Goethe broke his engagement to her and moved on to Weimar. To Pamuk, his first, unsuccessful life experience of this kind is the catalyst to realizing what he does not want to do with his life and what he will want to do, namely, to become a writer, and ultimately one who could render an account of his native city as engaging as this.
Date published: 2010-08-01