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The Book of Istanbul
A City in Short Fiction
Edited by Jim Hinks and Gul Turner
RRP: GBP 9.99
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Price: GBP 8.99
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ISBN: 978 1 905583 31 7
Categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Anthologies, Translation
Imprint: Comma Press
Published: October 2010
198 x 129 x 7 mm
Publisher: Comma Press
Nedim Gursel, Mehmet Zaman Saçlioglu, Muge Iplikci, Murrat Gülsoy, Sema Kaygusuz, Turker Armaner, Özen Yula, Mario Levy, Gönül Kivilcim & Karin Karakasli
Istanbul. Seat of empire. Melting pot where East meets West. Fingertip touching-point between continents.
Even today there are many different versions of the city, different communities, distinct peoples, each with their own turbulent past and challenging interpretation of the present; each providing a distinct topography on which the fictions of the city can play out.
This book brings together ten short stories from some of Turkey’s leading writers, taking us on a literary tour of the city, from its famous landmarks to its darkened back streets, exploring the culture, history, and most importantly people that make it the great city it is today. From the exiled writer recalling his appetite for a lost lover, to the mad, homeless man directing traffic in a freelance capacity… the contrasting perspectives of these stories surprise and delight in equal measure, and together present a new kind of guide to the city.
'Full of insights and surprises' - The Guardian, 'Ten Best Books Set in Istanbul'.
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