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Istanbul: Memories and the City Summary
Orhan Pamuk

Everything you need to understand or teach Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk.

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Istanbul: Memories and the City Summary

Plot Summary

"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. The book ties Pamuk's family's gradual decline to the similar decline of Istanbul since the fall of the Ottoman Empire, and it describes at length the melancholy that pervades both the city and its residents.

Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul in 1952 and has never left the city. He grew up in a close but dysfunctional family headed by a father who engaged in affairs with other women and a mother who also had a volatile personality, surrounded by other members of his large extended family. The gloomy home in which he was raised felt like a dark museum and reflected the gloom that settled over the entire city and its residents...

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