Istanbul in Novels…

I have just finished reading Hakan Erdem’s Zaman Coktu [Time Collapsed?] It is a fantasy-SF novel that takes place mostly in Istanbul. A city covered by sea except its hills… Evolving sheep fight against humans, the poles of the earth changes and ancient Istanbul re-appears.. If you are into detective novels, Celil Oker’s novels all take place in mostly familiar districts, streets we wander around… Of course, Orhan Pamuk’s Black Book among his others is a pearl of Istanbul urban legends in its chaotic style… Reminder: This is a just short note, i have no claim to list all novels of relevance…But i might gradually expand the list maybe with your help?

4 Comments so far

  1. Zeynep (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2006 @ 3:22 pm

    I am actually not sure that is a good example but Ahmet Umit’s “Beyoğlu Raposdisi” take place in Beyoğlu in real places… You can find the restaurants, bars, houses that are in the story in Beyoğlu…
    I tink everyone knows that He writes dedective novels…

  2. Selma Mirza (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 8:55 am

    Hi, I’m reading Pamuk’s Memories of a City which is a beautiful book. I’m interested in reading more books about Istanbul, which English books would you recommend?

  3. Selma Mirza (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 8:56 am

    My url was amiss in the last post

  4. Meral (unregistered) on June 3rd, 2006 @ 1:01 pm

    What you asked is a bit difficult, because though there are lots of books about Istanbul, and also parts of books, a paragraph in a story, poems that say something about Istabul in remarkable ways, I’m not sure which ones have been translated in English! Having advantage of reading in Turkish, needless to say I exploited this advantage quite a lot:-)
    But Hilary-Sumner Boyd and John Freely’s “Strolling Through Istanbul” is highly recomended. Please do not hesitate because it is a travel guide, it’s something more than a travel guide…

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