Burhan Sönmez, Istanbul Istanbul

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Burhan Sönmez’s third novel presents a theme that is all too familiar to intellectuals in Turkey: political imprisonment. For almost a century, the country has seen the sufferings of cultural icons such as Nazım Hikmet, Orhan Kemal, and Yılmaz Güney. It is a topic that touches on Sönmez’s own past...

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Tables of Istanbul

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For the world outside of Turkey, the words “Turkish cuisine” usually conjure a very limited set of images: kebab, baklava, and Turkish delight. If you say “Istanbul cuisine”, most people probably assume that it is the same. Istanbul is part of Turkey, right? As Dr. Zeynep Kılıç explores in her film...

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Turkey is a country that occupies a crucial junction between continents, and its social and economic conditions are as varied as its landscape. For these reasons and more, it is fair to say that Turkey receives a lot of attention in the international media. The number of issues is overwhelming:...

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Nick Laird, Üsküdar Poetry

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For award-winning Northern Irish poet Nick Laird, the Üsküdar International Poetry Festival has been a way for he and Istanbul to discover each other. This convergence of poetic energy on the Asian shore produces a mix of nations, views, and styles that suits the eclectic mosaic of Istanbul....

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“There was, and there was not. In an earlier time, when God had many servants, when the sieve was in the chaff, when camels were town criers, when fleas were barbers, when I rocked my mother’s cradle…” For Western readers, these words might seem like the opening of a surrealist novel. For Turkish...

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The Girl on the Bridge, photo by Merve Göral

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With its landscape and architectural diversity, Istanbul has always been an inspiration for artists. It is no surprise that when cinema emerged in Turkey, the city played a significant role not only as the country’s movie industry center but also a location for various films. Apart from great...

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After its Turkish premiere at the 34th Istanbul Film Festival last year, director Ben Hopkins’ fictionalized Istanbul documentary Hasret (Yearning) is coming to the country’s cinemas this month. The film begins with the journey of a budget filmmaker – played by Hopkins himself – and his crew to...

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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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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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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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