‘Genç has curated a compellingly real picture of the city, taking care to match the poetic with the crass, the enthusiastic with the disapproving, and everything in between. The book itself is like a letter from the past, beautifully bound, with cream-coloured pages and sepia sketches of old Constantinople scattered throughout like intermittent memories’ —Alev Scott
‘This is a very welcome pocket-sized collection of classic travel writing on Istanbul… It is a handsomely illustrated book made up of bite-size morsels from some of Istanbul’s greatest travelers… a charming, modest volume that nicely fills a gap for those looking for a literary companion on a trip to the city.’ —William Armstrong
January 7, 2016 – Hurriyet Daily News, William Armstrong
February 17, 2016 – The Los Angeles Review of Books, Alev Scott
March 2, 2016 – Daily Sabah, Nagihan Haliloglu
January 9, 2016 – Hurriyet Daily News
The entrancing spirit of the fabled city of Istanbul through the eyes of writers and travelers
For centuries following its reestablishment as Constantinople in AD 330, Istanbul served as the capital of three great empires: Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman. The city’s maze-like streets and high balconies, its steep alleys, flower gardens, and forested hillsides remain soaked in the vestiges of that imperial past, and it is to that past and to Istanbul’s unearthly moods and waters that so many writers and diarists journeyed in search of escape, knowledge, happiness, or sheer wonderment. An Istanbul Anthology takes us on a nostalgic journey through the city with travelers’ accounts of the sights, smells, and sounds of Istanbul’s bazaars and coffeehouses, its grand palaces and gardens, crumbling buildings, and ancient churches and mosques, and the waters that so haunt and define it. With writers such as Gustave Flaubert, Pierre Loti, Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, and André Gide, we discover and rediscover the many delights of this great city of antiquity, meeting point of East and West, and gateway to peoples and civilizations.