Istanbul: Memories and the City

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

  • Title: Istanbul: Memories and the City
  • Author: Orhan Pamuk
  • ISBN: 9781400033881
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 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 Pamuk, Orhan The book s subtitle, Memories and the City, guided me through the chapters, many of which can stand alone, with themes that weave in and out Pamuk questions his own memories from the beginning, with a kind of double in another house where he lived briefly as a child, and with his older brother sometimes questioning his accounts of the past. Istanbul Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk Istanbul Memories and the City is a largely autobiographical memoir by Orhan Pamuk that is deeply melancholic It talks about the vast cultural change that has rocked Turkey the unending battle between the modern and the receding past It is also a eulogy to the lost joint family tradition. Istanbul Memories Istanbul Memories An interdisciplinary and international research project of the Orient Institut Istanbul and academic cooperation partners As a consequence of the political developments following World War I, the Ottoman Empire has been treated by a great number of historians Istanbul Memories and the City Istanbul Deluxe Edition Memories and the Oct , 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 hzn that all Istanbullus share the sadness that comes of living amid the ruins of a lost empire. Istanbul Memories and the City Summary Study Guide Istanbul Memories and the City is the personal memoir of Orhan Pamuk, recounting his childhood and early years as well as a portrait of the city of Istanbul, Turkey Pamuk spent his entire life in Istanbul.

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    1. Lisa

      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 persona [...]

    2. Kelly

      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 [...]

    3. Ahmed

      فى المجمل وع العموم أنا لا أحب أدب السير الذاتية , لا لسبب بعينه ولكنى لا أعد نفسى من محبي هذا النوع من الأدب , رغم انبهارى بالعديد من هذه السير التى طالعتها .ولكن أحياناً تقابلك حالة فريدة من هذا النوع تضعك فى راحة ذهنية ونفسية ممتعة.حالة من الظلم أن تقول عنها مجرد سيرة ذاتية ل [...]

    4. Arakah Mushaweh

      من بين خمسين كتاباً يصطفون في قائمة الكتب في الكيندل وقع اختياري على أورهان ، قرأت هذا الكتاب لأنه أورهان المبدع كما قرأت له في كتابه ألوان أخرى الذي لم أكمله بعد ولأنها اسطنبول التي أعشق هذا الكتاب الذي ما إن تبدأ بقراءة أول صفحة حتى تفوح لك ذاكرة الأمكنة هذا الكتاب المتعم [...]

    5. Sanaz

      در طول این یک ماه و 13 روزی که مشغول خواندن کتاب بودم، حداقل دو سه باری درباره اش نوشتم و به همه هم خواندنش را توصیه کردم. می توانم ادعا کنم که یکی از بهترین هایی بود که در چند وقت اخیر خواندم. پاموک در ترسیم شهر و بیان خاطراتش به گونه ای باور پذیر موفق عمل کرده است. اگر از آن کسانی [...]

    6. Mira

      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 more 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 a [...]

    7. پگاه

      کتاب رو تموم کردم و نمی‌تونستم همون طور روی تخت بمونم از شدت خوشی.این کتاب وصف‌نکردنی خوب بود.«اگر آن قدر در شهری زندگی کرده باشیم که واقعی‌ترین و عمیق‌ترین احساسات‌مان را به منظری‌های آن منتقل کنیم، زمانی می‌رسد که خیابان‌ها، تصاویر و چشم‌اندازها همان طور که یک آهنگ، ع [...]

    8. Jenny (Reading Envy)

      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 more 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 ye [...]

    9. Ena Hasečić

      Pamuk u ovom autobiografskom romanu potpuno iskreno progovara o svom životu - porodici, obrazovanju, vjeri i naposlijetku gradu u kojem je rođen i u kojem je proveo najveći dio svog života. Sve svoje uspomene on veže uz taj grad dajući tako portret Istanbula od svog rođenja pa sve do trenutka kada je odlučio da će se baviti pisanjem. Iskreno progovara o svemu što ga je tištilo, o gradu koji ga je u mladosti gušio i o prodičnim problemima, postepenom siromašenju uzrokovanim očevim [...]

    10. Usman Hickmath

      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 pape [...]

    11. أميــــرة

      ليس كتابًا هو بل موسوعة أهداها كاتب مرموق لمعشوقته "اسطنبول" فخرجت مليئة بالتفاصيل التي أدهشتني لبساطتها وصدقها وألفتها.ومما زاد من غنى الكتاب الصور الفوتوغرافية واللوحات التي انتشرت بين صفحاته، فكان كل مشهد يصفه الكاتب تجد بجانبه الصورة المعبرة عنه، فشعرت معه أنني قطعت تذ [...]

    12. Eric

      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 hüzün [urban melancholy] are European: the concept was first [...]

    13. Chris

      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 Phila [...]

    14. Salma

      الكتاب ممتع، و أظن المشاكسين سيحبون طريقة حديثه عن ذكرياته و عن مدينته و أهله لغاية في أنفسهم، فهذا الباموق مشاكس من الطراز الأول أحب دهاءه و مكره و سخريته و غمزه و لمزه الشريرين الجميل في أورهان شعورك بصدقه حين يتحدث عن مدينته بعيدا عن تلك الرومانسية المتكلفة أو الشوفينية ا [...]

    15. Mana H

      ریویوها هم ژانر دارند، این ریویو باب حسرت است. چند سال است ورد زبانم شده «چرا با سابقه‌ی شهری نزدیک به یک قرن، نمی‌توانیم به ’شهر‘ فکر کنیم؟» و این کتاب مثال من است. اگر ترجمه کمی دقت بیشتر داشت چهار ستاره و اگر تصویرهاش معنادارتر بود پنج ستاره داشت. «حزن» را پاموک میسازد، حز [...]

    16. Irene

      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 [...]

    17. ليلي

      احساسم بهش يك دست نيست. يعني فصل هاييش بود كه خيلي خيلي برام مورد علاقه بودند، و فصل هايي هم داشت كه واقعا هيچ لذتي نمي بردم ازشون و منتظر تموم شدنشون بودم صرفا:)) (بيشتر اون فصل هايي كه توصيفات زياد از مناظر طبيعي داشتند:-")ولي خب، در كل براي من ِ نه اصلا علاقه مند به هيچ چيز مرتبط [...]

    18. Alyazi

      كان يجب أن أكتب فوراً حين فرغت من قراءة الكتاب ، إلا أن لحظاتي الأخيرة مع الكتاب كانت قبل أن أخلدَ إلى نومٍ لم تكن اسطنبول للأسف من نصيبي في الحلم في الواقع إنه لمن المفارقة الكبيرة أن أقرأ عنها بينما أكنُ لها في عميقي بعض البغض ، فزيارتي الأخيرة لها لم تكن بتلك الزيارة التي ت [...]

    19. Dion Yulianto

      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 mengandai [...]

    20. Cortney

      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 mores 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 th [...]

    21. Irwan

      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 tr [...]

    22. Ayu Palar

      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 hi [...]

    23. Travelin

      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, more 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 [...]

    24. Jennifer

      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 more than chronicle the th [...]

    25. pegah

      ای پاموک عزیز شما نشون دادی برای شناخت یک جامعه نیازی نیست آدم جامعه شناس باشه چون انگاری هر خانواده ای بخشی از فرهنگ یک کشور رو به نمایش میذاره و شاید اگه ما سعی کنیم خانواده خودمون رو اصلاح کنیم ( که البته با اصلاح خود شروع میشه) نهایتآ جامعه هست که اصلاح خواهد شد

    26. Mahmoud Masoud

      لم أشعر أني أقرأ سيرة ذاتية بقدر ما شعرت و كأني في رحلة ممتعة في مدينة اسطنبول ، و بالرغم من الجو السوداوي الذي أحاط بالرحلة لا أنكر أني وددت ألا تنتهي كنتُ أفهم ببطء أنني أحببتُ اسطنبول لخرائبها و حزنها و عظمتها التي كانت عليها ذات يوم ثم فقدتها

    27. محمد الكردى

      كتاب شيق وممتع يكتب فيه اروهان سيرة المدينه الي عاش فيها وعلاقته بها نشأة اروهان في المدينه التي تنهار ومجد الامبراطورية الذي انتهي الشوراع الخربه والبيون المهدمه التي بنبت علي انقاض قصور العثمانين والشوراع الخليفه والاليايات علي البسفور ولد اورهان لعائلة ثريه بدد ابوه وا [...]

    28. Eng. Mohmadali

      اول قرائاتى للكاتب التركى اورهان باموق كاتب يشعرك من اول صفحه بانه يحمل هموم وطن يأخذنا فى رحلة الى اسطنبول الماضى والحاضر ويوضح كيف تغيرت التفاصيل من عصر الامبراطورية الى عصر الجمهورية واندثار الزمن الجميل لايمكن اعتبار الكتاب سيرة ذاتية ولا تاريخية ولكن ذكريات وتفاصيل ا [...]

    29. Ava

      English versionmy first Orhan Pamuk's and not my taste at all. It's a mixture of autobiography, history, literature and endless self pitty .

    30. Kyriakos Sorokkou

      A few thoughts of mine, while reading this book:İstanbul / Κωνσταντινούποληyalı / γιαλόςköfte / κεφτές Karagöz and Hacivat / Καραγκιόζης και Χατζηαβάτης puşt/ πούστηςGreek and Turkish language have many things in common.Greeks and Turks have more 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 c [...]

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