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Istanbul: Memories and the City (original 2003; edition 2006)

by Orhan Pamuk

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Title:Istanbul: Memories and the City
Authors:Orhan Pamuk
Info:Vintage (2006), Edition: 1st Vintage Intl. Edition, July 2006, Paperback, 400 pages
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Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk (2003)


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Joy's review: an interesting memoir of Orhan Pamuk and a love letter to the city he has lived in his entire life. He reflects on the photography and history on slums and shipping on commerce and art of Istanbul between and within stories of his family's declining fortunes and his parent's volatile marriage. I'd say it's a must read if you're visiting that part of the world. ( )
  konastories | Jun 29, 2015 |
Great impression of Istanbul and its 'hüzün'. Especially, chapter 35 'First love' is simply moving. ( )
  M.J.Meeuwsen | Sep 14, 2014 |
Took me forever to read, but the author's writing was addicting, in small doses. The melancholy of living among the ruins of a lost empire was well portrayed, as was the angst of a young man. ( )
  carladp | Mar 28, 2014 |
This book is a memoir of Istanbul from Orhan Pamuk's perspective. This book is so thorough that I used it when planning a trip to Istanbul. I highly recommend it to anyone traveling to Istanbul or those who want a deep understanding of the city and its citizens. ( )
  Marcella2010 | Mar 4, 2014 |
Pamuk ardently loves Istanbul come what may. His warm abode.A place where his childhood memories are masked in every paved stones and town structures.Fated to this predestined city his aspirations molded into becoming a writer and not an artist.

I'll etch a comprehensive review when my age is equivalent to that of Pamuk’s 58 years. On behalf of my 30 years of being on this planet, I vocalize my immense repulse for melancholic reminiscence. I sternly adhere to selective amnesia when it comes to my past barricading the battlegrounds of nostalgia and ruthless gloominess. It sensed similar to one of the obligatory elocutions of "my old days" by an elderly relative at my frightful family reunions or the nerve wrecking yakking with previous acquaintances.
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  Praj05 | Apr 5, 2013 |
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Orhan Pamukprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Freely, MaureenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miró, CarlesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A portrait of one of the world's most complex and diverse cities interweaves the history of Istanbul with observations and reflections on the city's landmarks, art, people, institutions, and great spaces.

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