The Book of Istanbul
A City in Short Fiction
Book type: Anthology
Published: 11 Oct 2010
Istanbul. Seat of empire. Melting pot where East meets West. Fingertip touching-point between continents. Even today there are many different versions of the city, different communities, distinct peoples, each with their own turbulent past and challenging interpretation of the present; each providing a distinct topography on which the fictions of the city can play out. This book brings together ten short stories from some of Turkey’s leading writers, taking us on a literary tour of the city, from its famous landmarks to its darkened back streets, exploring the culture, history, and most importantly people that make it the great city it is today. From the exiled writer recalling his appetite for a lost lover, to the mad, homeless man directing traffic in a freelance capacity… the contrasting perspectives of these stories surprise and delight in equal measure, and together present a new kind of guide to the city.
Translations by Aron R. Aji, Ruth Christie, Jean Carpenter Efe, Amy Spangler, Virginia Taylor-Saçlıoğlu, Ruth Whitehouse, and Carol Yürür.