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Istanbul: Memories and the City

Istanbul: Memories and the City ☆ Istanbul: Memories and the City Ì Orhan Pamuk - Istanbul: Memories and the City, Istanbul Memories and the City 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 wh

  • Title: Istanbul: Memories and the City
  • Author: Orhan Pamuk
  • ISBN: 9781400033881
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Paperback

☆ Istanbul: Memories and the City Ì Orhan Pamuk, ☆ Istanbul: Memories and the City Ì Orhan Pamuk, Istanbul: Memories and the City, Orhan Pamuk, Istanbul Memories and the City 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 h z n that all Istanbullus sh. ☆ Istanbul: Memories and the City Ì Orhan Pamuk - Istanbul: Memories and the City, Istanbul Memories and the City 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 wh

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Istanbul: Memories and the City

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  1. Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul in 1952 and grew up in a large family similar to those which he describes in his novels Cevdet Bey and His Sons and The Black Book, in the wealthy westernised district of Nisantasi As he writes in his autobiographical book Istanbul, from his childhood until the age of 22 he devoted himself largely to painting and dreamed of becoming an artist After graduating from the secular American Robert College in Istanbul, he studied architecture at Istanbul Technical University for three years, but abandoned the course when he gave up his ambition to become an architect and artist He went on to graduate in journalism from Istanbul University, but never worked as a journalist At the age of 23 Pamuk decided to become a novelist, and giving up everything else retreated into his flat and began to write.His first novel Cevdet Bey and His Sons was published seven years later in 1982 The novel is the story of three generations of a wealthy Istanbul family living in Nisantasi, Pamuk s own home district The novel was awarded both the Orhan Kemal and Milliyet literary prizes The following year Pamuk published his novel The Silent House, which in French translation won the 1991 Prix de la d couverte europ ene The White Castle 1985 about the frictions and friendship between a Venetian slave and an Ottoman scholar was published in English and many other languages from 1990 onwards, bringing Pamuk his first international fame The same year Pamuk went to America, where he was a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York from 1985 to 1988 It was there that he wrote most of his novel The Black Book, in which the streets, past, chemistry and texture of Istanbul are described through the story of a lawyer seeking his missing wife This novel was published in Turkey in 1990, and the French translation won the Prix France Culture The Black Book enlarged Pamuk s fame both in Turkey and internationally as an author at once popular and experimental, and able to write about past and present with the same intensity In 1991 Pamuk s daughter R ya was born That year saw the production of a film Hidden Face, whose script by Pamuk was based on a one page story in The Black Book.His novel The New Life, about young university students influenced by a mysterious book, was published in Turkey in 1994 and became one of the most widely read books in Turkish literature My Name Is Red, about Ottoman and Persian artists and their ways of seeing and portraying the non western world, told through a love story and family story, was published in 1998 This novel won the French Prix du meilleur livre tranger, the Italian Grinzane Cavour 2002 and the International IMPAC Dublin literary award 2003 From the mid 1990s Pamuk took a critical stance towards the Turkish state in articles about human rights and freedom of thought, although he took little interest in politics Snow, which he describes as my first and last political novel was published in 2002 In this book set in the small city of Kars in northeastern Turkey he experimented with a new type of political novel , telling the story of violence and tension between political Islamists, soldiers, secularists, and Kurdish and Turkish nationalists Snow was selected as one of the best 100 books of 2004 by The New York Times In 1999 a selection of his articles on literature and culture written for newspapers and magazines in Turkey and abroad, together with a selection of writings from his private notebooks, was published under the title Other Colours Pamuk s most recent book, Istanbul, is a poetical work that is hard to classify, combining the author s early memoirs up to the age of 22, and an essay about the city of Istanbul, illustrated with photographs from his own album, and pictures by western painters and Turkish photographers.

  2. Pamuk was already one of my favourite authors when I read his memoir of his beloved city Istanbul in conjunction with a family vacation there What an amazing reading experience that was Imagine that old, old city, full of stories after centuries of human interaction, of cultural clashes and exchanges, of architectural wonders and wars of destruction And then imagine one of its most talented writers, a storyteller with the power of 1001 nights, telling the story of the city from his personal angl [...]

  3. It is just lucky that I happened to read Menocal s Ornament of the World just before this, as it perfectly prepared me for the psychological labyrinth that is this book It introduced me to a beautiful, helpful image for Pamuk s creation the memory palaces and memory gardens This is not an introduction to Istanbul, it is a memory palace worthy of the wildest child s fantasies that haunt this tapestry Perhaps John Adams, the minimalist composer, put it best when discussing his piece On the Transmi [...]

  4. It feels very odd to be writing this review now, sitting in a car on my way back home, feeling bored and tired for no particular reason And out of nowhere this book which I finished than a month ago, and entirely gave up on ever being able to write a decent review about comes to my mind unbidden, as though deeply connected with my present state of mind This is going to be one of the most personal reviews I ll ever write, but that s merely becauseIstanbul Memories and the City has affected me pe [...]

  5. Along with The World s Literature group, I have been reading a lot of books set in Turkey this year Just check out what I ve covered so far One of the best known Turkish authors has to be Orhan Pamuk I ve only managed to read one book of his so far, but there are many on my to read list to get to I actually think reading this autobiography memoir first will add some understanding to any of his books that I read in the future It covers his childhood in Istanbul, up through his college years and [...]

  6. Pamuk u ovom autobiografskom romanu potpuno iskreno progovara o svom ivotu porodici, obrazovanju, vjeri i naposlijetku gradu u kojem je ro en i u kojem je proveo najve i dio svog ivota Sve svoje uspomene on ve e uz taj grad daju i tako portret Istanbula od svog ro enja pa sve do trenutka kada je odlu io da e se baviti pisanjem Iskreno progovara o svemu to ga je ti tilo, o gradu koji ga je u mladosti gu io i o prodi nim problemima, postepenom siroma enju uzrokovanim o evim lo im snalaskom u porod [...]

  7. Major part of the book describes what some poets, journalists and painters have written or painted about Istanbul during 19th century.But, when I picked this one up after reading My Name is Red, the expectation was to know how Pamuk describes Istanbul and his life in that city, not what some 19th century unknown travellers and century old journalists with difficult names to pronounce had to say There were some interesting chapters, but we do not buy a highly priced book, printed on quality paper [...]

  8. Pamuk adds another layer to Istanbul s proverbial description as the bridge between east and west by showing how the major Istanbul modernists poet Yahya Kemal and novelist A.H Tanpinar, new names to me, I have to follow up derived a poetics of post imperial ennui and urban decay from the melancholic image of their city recorded or dreamed by travelling French writers in the nineteenth century T he roots of our h z n urban melancholy are European the concept was first explored, expressed and poe [...]

  9. This is the second book by Pamuk that I have read I would like to point out that it seems that this book should be read either before or after The Museum of Innocence because I found myself making it notes of where the novel and this memoir collide.I ve never been to Istanbul, but now I want to go What Pamuk does is not only describe his family but a city as a conflict between East and West While it is not something that my own western city feels, it is somewhat akin to the feeling that Philadel [...]

  10. This is a duel memoir, that of the author s first twenty years of life and that of Istanbul during the same period Pamuk has a poet s voice By that, I don t mean that he uses flowery or metaphoric language, but rather that he has the ability to conjure the abstract into palpable form the atmosphere of a neighborhood, the bonds in a family, the mood of a people I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book that lacked any plot or narrative tension I must have been in just the right mood.

  11. Ternyata butuh waktu lebih dari satu tahun untuk bisa menyelesaikan membaca buku ini baca buku aja sampai setahun lebih, apalagi nulisnya yak Keren deh para penulis itu Kenapa Apakah karena tidak menarik Bukan karena itu, tetapi karena nuanasa huzun atau kemurungan dalam buku ini yang kental banget Buku ini sendiri adalah memoar dari Orhan Pamuk, penerima Nobel Sastra 2007 Walau memoar, tetapi buku ini sepertnya lebih banyak tentang Istambul itu sendiri Pamuk sepertinya hendak mengandaikan dirin [...]

  12. This was not, first of all, the book I espected it to be It was not truly an autobiography of the author, who gave nothing at all away, at least in the context of the west perhaps it would shock conservative Turks that he apparently had a sexual relationship with a girl as a young man, but I don t know what Turkish s are, so I shouldn t judge and gave away little in terms of the city that he was supposedly also biographying It gave tantalising hints of things, and there were potential threads to [...]

  13. The most enchanting thing about this book is its symmetry He opens with a statement that from a very young age he suspected that somewhere in the streets of Istanbul, there lived another Orhan so much like him that he could pass for his twin, even his double In the last chapter, his father apparently led a double life just like in his imagination Pamuk manages to intermingle the story about Istanbul and himself reflecting each other along the way The writing style is mostly visual his trademark [...]

  14. About a year ago, when I was brainstorming the topic for my master s thesis, I stumbled upon the idea of space and identity relationship Since then, I ve always been interested in how space and place can affect the formation of one s self Reading Istanbul has strengthened that particular idea Not only describing the physical condition of Istanbul, Orhan Pamuk also wrote about his love hate relationship with the city Istanbul isn t just his home it is the city that always inspires him I appreciat [...]

  15. There s really no nice way to say this One of the deservedly obscure authors he spends a chapter praising is described as being some kind of pedophile This isn t a pretend metaphor in Lolita, this is Pamuk s loving description of a nobody If that s not enough, his best description of Istanbul, one of the largest cities today, and, importantly, in history, is mopery about his apartment and decaying wooden houses near it To spend a day in the tiny English section of a large bookstore and see noth [...]

  16. Were Orhan Pamuk active on Twitter back when he was writing Istanbul Memories and the City he could have saved himself and his readers a great deal of time and frustration by simply distilling this work down to Boo fucking hoo firstworldproblems and leaving it at that.Instead, we re left to slog through four hundred pages of angsty ennui which purport to represent the zeitgeist of a city that mourns the days it stood at the center of the world but in fact do little than chronicle the thin compl [...]

  17. English versionmy first Orhan Pamuk s and not my taste at all It s a mixture of autobiography, history, literature and endless self pitty.

  18. A few thoughts of mine, while reading this book stanbul yal k fte Karag z and Hacivat pu t Greek and Turkish language have many things in common.Greeks and Turks have things in common that differences but it s always the differences that are visible on the surface anywayPamuk s Istanbul is as described in the book a melancholic city, a grey city, a city caught between the west and the east, a city I wish to visit than ever now thanks to this book but I don t know if I will dare to go now with [...]