Born into privilege to one of the last Ottoman pashas, beautiful, spirited Selva is the brightest jewel in her father’s household - until she falls in love with Rafael Alfandari. Though Turkey has long been a safe haven for Jews, marriage between a high-ranking Muslim girl and a Jewish boy is strictly forbidden. Yet young love will not be denied, and Selva and Rafael defy their parents and marry, fleeing to Paris in hopes of a better life - only to find themselves trapped in the path of the invading Nazis.
In her second novel written in English, Elif Shafak confronts her country's violent past in a vivid and colorful tale set in both Turkey and the United States. At its center is the "bastard" of the title, Asya, a 19-year-old woman who loves Johnny Cash and the French Existentialists, and the four sisters of the Kazanci family who all live together in an extended household in Istanbul.
A neutral capital straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul has spent the war as a magnet for refugees and spies. Even American businessman Leon Bauer has been drawn into this shadow world, doing undercover odd jobs and courier runs for the Allied war effort. Now, as the espionage community begins to pack up and an apprehensive city prepares for the grim realities of postwar life, he is given one more assignment, a routine job that goes fatally wrong, plunging him into a tangle of intrigue and moral confusion.
"What choice do you make when all options are bad?"
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. Like Joyce’s Dublin and Borges’ Buenos Aires, Pamuk’s Istanbul is a triumphant encounter of place and sensibility, beautifully written and immensely moving.
"travel that never leaves home"
At midnight, December 31, 1925, citizens of the newly proclaimed Turkish Republic celebrated the New Year. For the first time ever, they had agreed to use a nationally unified calendar and clock. Yet in Istanbul - an ancient crossroads and Turkey's largest city - people were looking toward an uncertain future. Never purely Turkish, Istanbul was home to generations of Greeks, Armenians, and Jews, as well as Muslims.
"INTERESTING SUBJECT - CONFUSED WRITING"
A new geophon audio guide about the 2010 European Capital of Culture. A travel feature packed with interviews, recordings, music and tips to help you discover Istanbul...
Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.
Following years of lonely political exile in Western Europe, Ka, a middle-aged poet, returns to Istanbul to attend his mother's funeral. Only partly recognizing this place of his cultured, middle-class youth, he is even more disoriented by news of strange events in the wider country: a wave of suicides among girls forbidden to wear their head scarves at school.
"All the good & bad that is Pamuk"
Willkommen in der Kulturhauptstadt 2010! Nicht nur in diesem Jahr wird man in den Medien über die Metropole am Bosporus viel zu berichten und erzählen wissen...
The first World War is underway; Germany has allied with the Ottoman Empire, and the Turkish caliphs have declared jihad on the British Empire. Meanwhile, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson hesitates to enter the fray. Aboard the passenger liner Lusitania, war correspondent and American spy Kit Cobb has been assigned to shadow a German intellectual and possible covert agent who is believed to have information vital to the war effort. During the voyage Cobb is smitten with famed actress Selene Bourgani, who inexplicably seems to be working for the Germans.
"The narrator is simply painful"
The undersecretary of the British embassy in Istanbul has died while attempting to swim the Dardanelles Straits. The circumstances of his death have to be investigated, so the Foreign Office sends out an officer: Sandor Seymour, an unobtrusive Special Branch detective.
"This series is worth a listen"
Turkey's greatest living novelist guides us through the monuments and lost paradises, dilapidated Ottoman villas, back streets, and waterways of Istanbul - the city of his birth and the home of his imagination.
With Stalin on the move to build a Russian empire that runs from the Arctic Circle to the Indian Ocean, Jake and Sally Burnes are dispatched to an exotic new location outside the sphere of traditional American interests: Istanbul.
Zwei Jahre als mitteleuropäische Kunststudentin in Istanbul: Stephanie Mold fand sich bisher eher plump und etwas hässlich, doch hier gilt sie vor allem als jung und blond. Sie lässt sich anbaggern, aber nur, um Mustafa, Can, Ibo, Efe und all die anderen hinterher samt ihren Wohnungen in Miniaturen aus Plastilin und Pappe nachzubauen. Damit beginnt für sie eine Irrfahrt durch die pulsierende Metropole am Bosporus - und die Suche nach einem, der mehr als ein Kunstwerk sein könnte...
Das schwäbische Ehepaar Friedel und Eugen gönnt sich nach vielen ferienlosen Jahren einen Urlaub zu zweit. Jetzt, wo die Kinder aus dem Haus sind, bietet sich die optimale Gelegenheit. Das Reiseziel: Istanbul, Türkei. Während Friedel sich gern mal von türkischen Männern umgarnen lässt, kann Eugen den unzähligen Angeboten des türkischen Bazars nicht wiederstehen. Am Ende der Reise steht das Ehepaar vor dem finanziellen Ruin.
Un romanzo-canzone scritto al ritmo di ballata, fascinoso e avvolgentecome una storia narrata intorno al fuoco...
Orhan Pamuks Istanbul ist erfüllt von einer zauberhaften Melancholie des Niedergangs. Hier ist er aufgewachsen im Kreise seiner Großfamilie...
In 1975, a People's Militia homicide investigator is on a plane for Istanbul when it is hijacked by Armenian terrorists. Before the Turkish authorities can fulfill the hijackers' demands, the plane explodes in midair. Two investigators, a secret policeman and a homicide detective, are assigned to the case.
"Hyper-original Espionage/Crime/Revenge Thriller"
The body of a young Englishwoman washes up in Istanbul wearing a pendant inscribed with the seal of the deposed sultan. The death resembles the unsolved murder of another Englishwoman, 10 years before. A magistrate in the new secular courts, Kamil Pasha, sets out to find the killer, but his dispassionate belief in science and modernity is shaken by betrayal and widening danger. In a mystical voice, a young Muslim woman recounts her own relationship with one of the dead women and with the suspected killer.
"The Sultan's Seal"
"One of my top 3"