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 share 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 share the sadness that comes of living amid the ruins of a lost empire.With cinematic fluidity, Pamuk moves from his glamorous, unhappy parents to the gorgeous, decrepit mansions overlooking the Bosphorus from the dawning of his self consciousness to the writers and painters both Turkish and foreign who would shape his consciousness of his city Like Joyce s Dublin and Borges Buenos Aires, Pamuk s Istanbul is a triumphant encounter of place and sensibility, beautifully written and immensely moving.
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
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 [...]
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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
English versionmy first Orhan Pamuk s and not my taste at all It s a mixture of autobiography, history, literature and endless self pitty.
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 [...]