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.
"Don't miss the boat."
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"
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"
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.
Orhan Pamuks Istanbul ist erfüllt von einer zauberhaften Melancholie des Niedergangs. Hier ist er aufgewachsen im Kreise seiner Großfamilie...
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"International Leaders Are Meeting in Istanbul for the First World Humanitarian Summit" is from the May 23, 2016 edition of PRI's The World.
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...
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"
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.
"Attack at Istanbul Airport Leaves at Least 31 Dead" is from the June 28, 2016 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Ceylan Yeginsu and Sabrina Tavernise and narrated by Kristi Burns.
"The Past Endures in Ever-Changing Istanbul" is from the May 10, 2016 Travel section of The New York Times. It was written by Susanne Fowler and narrated by Fleet Cooper.
"Turkish Member of Islamic State Carried Out Istanbul Bombing, Official Says" is from March 20, 2016, World section of The New York Times. It was written by Tim Arango and Ceylan Yeginsu and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.
"Victims in Istanbul Airport Attack Reflect City's International Character" is from the June 29, 2016 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Tim Arango, Sabrina Tavernise and Ceylan Yeginsu and narrated by Caroline Miller.
"What Comes after the Istanbul Airport Attack?" is from the June 29, 2016 Word section of The New York Times. It was written by Mustafa Akyol and narrated by Caroline Miller.
"Attack at Istanbul Airport Kills at Least 36" is from the June 28, 2016 World section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Emre Peker and Ayla Albayrak and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"At Least 10 Killed in Suicide Attack at Istanbul's Airport, Officials Say " is from the June 28, 2016 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Erin Cunningham and narrated by Sam Scholl.