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As part of the British Council in Turkey’s “Writers Meet” series, author Ned Beauman recently spoke at the Pera Museum with journalist and critic Elif Bereketli. Due to finish his fourth novel this year, Beauman’s work has been awarded the UK Writers’ Guild Award and the Somerset Maugham Award, as...

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Kedi (film, !f Istanbul)

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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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In interviews, Orhan Pamuk has said that his memories of old Istanbul are so entangled with Ara Güler’s photographs that he cannot distinguish the two in his mind. British director Grant Gee was reading Pamuk when he first visited the city, making his film Innocence of Memories a triple-distilled...

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The Residents

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The !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival is back for its fifteenth edition this year, bringing us another crop of the world’s finest independent films, from February 18-28. As in previous years, this is the city’s best chance to see award-winning films from foreign festivals as well as alternative...

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With fewer than 600 books of translated fiction and poetry published in the US in 2014, foreign literature needs the support of dedicated readers. International interest in Turkish fiction received a huge boost from Orhan Pamuk’s Nobel Prize win – but he’s only the tip of the iceberg. Dive further...

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Evliya Çelebi is known as the Marco Polo of the Ottoman Empire, having traveled across Asia, North Africa, the Middle East, the Caucasus, and Eastern Europe, compiling 40 years of wandering into one epic book, the Seyahatname . Call it embellishment or artistic license, but it’s fair to say that...

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Turkish cinema has come a long way from its origins in the first Turkish film, ‘The Demolition of the Russian Monument at Ayastefanos’ in 1914. From 1950 to 1970, there was the Yeşilçam heyday of Cüneyt Arkın and Türkan Şoray. In more recent times, Turkish cinema has gained international...

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Kış Uykusu (Winter Sleep), 2014 Nuri Bilge Ceylan As the recipient of the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, we begin with one of the most critically acclaimed Turkish films to come out in recent years. Set in Cappadocia and said to be loosely based on a short story by Anton Chekhov,...

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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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The closest we will ever get to time travel, it seems, are outings to museums where only our eyes are allowed to touch, or visits to history-themed parks, reproducing the trademarks of a definite area in plastic. Sahaf , a tiny hidden museum/library of sorts in Gayrettepe, filled with its own...

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Any bookworm worth their salt knows where to find the best smelling, most literary, and most valuable books, papers, photographs, and postcards. That place in Turkey is the sahaf, a store filled with the bits and bobs of bygone presses and usually a fair share of university students and...

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After the sad passing of legendary Turkish-language writer Yaşar Kemal earlier this year, we are delighted to have some good news of a literary nature: a brand new translation of Sait Faik’s short stories. Published by Archipelago Books with the support of the Turkish Cultural Foundation , A...

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