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The large number of books available on Istanbul makes it hard to separate the dry from the inspiring. These recommended books will show you why Istanbul deserves its place in the pantheon of great cities. Bettany Hughes Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities
 The product of a decade’s research, British...

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Anayurt Oteli

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Although Turkish literature is still far from well-represented in the Anglophone world, the past few years have seen an increasing trickle of translations: leaving Orhan Pamuk aside, we have Hasan Ali Toptaş’s Reckless and the upcoming Shadowless , Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar’s The Time Regulation...

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Midnight Return poster

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A stroke of bad luck turns life along a radically different path, leading to years of imprisonment in a foreign land, teaching the hero courage and endurance, and ending in a bold escape whose story brings fame and fortune… it sounds too dramatic to be true. And yet these are the facts of life for...

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Kedi, documentary

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Creeping along the rooftops, slinking between café chairs, lounging on vines, curling up in metro stations, leaping through fish stalls, meditating in mosques – the cats of Istanbul are so familiar to locals that they are part of the urban fabric, indispensably entwined with its mercurial moods....

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Turkey, and indeed the world, is mourning the loss of Yaşar Kemal, who died on February 28 in 2015 at the age of 92. Kemal was long a leading force in Turkish literature both at home and abroad, earning him the French Legion d'Honneur and a nomination for the Nobel Prize. His own life story is as...

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Discover Istanbul’s gourmet boutiques, speciality shops, and Turkish designers. Learn about Grand Bazaar & Spice Bazaar, and the city’s largest shopping malls.

Foreigners unable to read Turkish should not feel limited when it comes to browsing through Istanbul’s many miles of store bookshelves. There’s so much Anglophone reading material out there, you are really spoilt for choice if you know where to look. Luckily, we do. But don’t feel restricted by...

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Jason Goodwin

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From Flaubert to Hemingway, Twain to Christie, the writers who have visited and written about Istanbul bear witness to its unending allure. It was the Yeats poem “Sailing to Byzantium” that first whispered an idea of Istanbul to the young Jason Goodwin. But it was several decades before he dreamed...

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Find over 2,000 years of Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern history in the city’s museums. From Sufism to photography, Istanbul is full of cultural marvels.

One of the earliest inventions of civilization is the written word itself, as well as buildings designed to house the most important documents. The value of learning was so great for ancient civilizations that the Library of Alexandria was known as a wonder of the world; after this library’s...

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Seyhan Arman, photo by Merve Göral

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Actress Seyhan Arman has found acclaim for her lead role in Merve Gezen’s short film Nerdesin Aşkım? (Where are you my love?), which won the Canada International Film Festival’s 2016 Perfection Award and the Human Rights Prize at the 2016 Atlas Awards. This is the brief, bitter story of two...

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Yeşim Ustaoğlu - Tereddüt - Clair Obscur

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Appreciators of director Yeşim Ustaoğlu’s films such as Journey to the Sun and Pandora’s Box will relish her latest, Clair-Obscur – another socially conscious drama laden with metaphors from the Turkish landscape, as well as hope and horror in equal measure. The film’s Turkish premiere was at the...

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Mavi Bisiklet, Blue Bicycle - Köneken

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Much like the dark undercurrents in our childhood fairytales, the most memorable children’s movies do not shy away from issues in the adult world. The success of director Ümit Köreken’s film Blue Bicycle , which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, comes from a subtle, layered approach to the...

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Sabahattin Ali, Photo Credit FilizAli

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Of the three novels Sabahattin Ali wrote in his short life, Madonna in a Fur Coat is not the one recommended to schools by the Ministry of National Education. In fact, between its first publication in 1943 and a fresh printing in 1983, the novel was barely spoken of in Turkey. But since then, it...

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Anayurdu, Motherland film

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The word “motherland” is so familiar in its political connotations that we might forget the subtler, and yet more fundamental, nuances of its components: “mother” and “land”. Senem Tüzen’s debut film picks apart these semantics through three generations of women: the young urbanite, the traditional...

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Established in 1994, Robinson Crusoe 389 has been selling a wide variety of Turkish, English, and French books. Indeed, apart from a few other bookshops, Robinson Crusoe is a familiar name for ex-pats, visitors, and Istanbulites and it is known as one of the best-known English language bookstores...

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Size isn't everything. This petite bookstore is packed with literary and visual treasures. Its primary focus is the coffee table book. And while we all have a friend who scoffs at coffee table books for being superficial, let's also admit that they are wonderful to look at - and, Magnolia excels at...

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In 1991, Pandora Bookstore opened its doors on Büyük Parmakkapı Street, just off Istiklal. Since its foundation, the bookstore has gained a reputation for hold a vast collection of both Turkish and English books. In fact, with branches at Bosphorus and Koç Universities, it is also known for its...

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Being constantly on the lookout for great new bookstores in Istanbul, we discovered Minoa Bookstore & Café in Beşiktaş. Lacking the generic interior décor often found in the much larger coffee shop/bookstore chains of Istanbul, the independent Minoa offers its loyal bookworms a place of...

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One of Istanbul’s exclusively English-language bookshops, Greenhouse stocks over 60,000 titles catered towards the English reader, whether an expat, just passing through or trying to improve his or her English. Children’s books, hard-to-find Christmas readers, and teen titles abound. An incredible...

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Nail Kitabevi (Bookshop) & Cafe is located in a historic building in the quaint Kuzguncuk neighborhood of Üsküdar. This two-story bookshop, made up of interior and exterior seating for coffee drinkers, forms the corner of İcadiye Caddesi and Bereketli Sokak. A magnificent doorway defines Nail,...

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The special privilege of Istanbul as being a city between two seas is capitalized by Denizler Kitabevi, a bookstore and hobbies shop specializing in items from the sea. Hundreds, if not thousands of maps decorate the walls of this interesting and eccentric shop located in a 130 year old building...

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645 Düukkan is a bookstore for the intellectual that has an afinity for with special prints and editions and topics such as Surrealist Manifestos, Charles Bukowski and the Beat Generation, Russian avant-garde Manifestos, the Poetry of Allen Ginsberg. The bookshop also holds many smaller publishing...

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A self-proclaimed “engine of culture,” this Bebek book boutique supplies photography, culture, and fashion tomes printed by the international Assouline publishing house. Not the place to pick up the latest Stephen King thriller, Assouline is a luxury platform that has expanded from the printed page...

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From its beginning in 1995 as a retailer and, later, publisher of history and archaeology titles, Homer Kitabevi has expanded to a major importer of American and British books. While Turkish history and non-fiction remains Homer’s forte, philosophy, fiction, photography, and children’s books are...

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Size isn't everything. This petite bookstore is packed with literary and visual treasures. Its primary focus is the coffee table book. And while we all have a friend who scoffs at coffee table books for being superficial, let's also admit that they are wonderful to look at - and, Magnolia excels at...

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