Title: Istanbul, Memories and the City
Author: Orhan Pamuk
Orhan Pamuk, winner of the Nobel Prize in 2006, was born in Istanbul. His portrait of his city is thus also a self-portrait, refracted by memory and the melancholy-or hüzün-that all Istanbullus share: the sadness that comes of living amid the ruins of a lost Ottoman Empire. As he companionably guides us across the Bosphorus, through Istanbul’s historical monuments and lost paradises, its dilapidated Ottoman villas, back streets and waterways, he also introduces us to the city’s writers, artists and murderers.