Orhan Pamuk: İstanbul Hatıralar ve Şehir

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Ts with family the past the present and the impossible future and trying to come up with choices that please or rebel against all Pamuk shows us an Istanbul renched in longing a longing that it appears nobody knows how to solve caught between so many poles that people s heads spin It is a place covered in huzun the melancholy stressed above that somehow people just cannot get rid of nearly a century after the Ottoman empire fell He Pistols for Two describes its honorable nature its communal nature the complicated opinions people have towards the past and the Westernizing present and future Anyone who has paid attention to Turkish politics should recognize the pull between East and West where what people think is Western is sometimes misunderstood and what being modern really is He shows us a tortured place where even beauty is full of pain The Bosphorous is presented as an endless possibility a soothing slice of heaven surrounding the city a place to escape at the beginning of the book and the author s complicated outlook morphs it into a source of threats andanger by the end He shows us stark pictures of the poverty of the wings of Istanbul and then writes tortured chapters arguing with 19th century western authors who praised the picturesue beauty of the broken Stronger down areas of the city He shows us a place where people ape Western thought and ideas andress and look Loss (Gus Dury, down on anyone who isn t European enough and yet a place where the newspapers publish glowing accounts of the poor neighborhoods with romanticized accounts of people living pure Turkish old fashioned lives every year and where the checkered Ottoman past is openly celebrated each year He writes a chapter on Under Western Eyesescribing this conflict and yet openly admits that it is Westerners who see the city the way that he The Last Rite (Danilov Quintet, does and then he tortures himself about that too Pamuk s city is needless to say perhaps after all that a place where nobody can be easy with themselves where they are going where they are or where they came from And in that way I think Pamuk is able to make a microcosm of our ever complicated globalized world where the 19th century savior of identity nationalism is breakingown and what will rise to replace it is so far uncertain Therefore I really Alacrity (Illumine, don t care if you ever want to go to Istanbul or not this book helped Orhan Pamuk win the Nobel Prize for a reason I think that we would all be a little patient with the world if everyone listened to what Pamuk has to sayPS Whoever put this in the Travel section next to Under the Tuscan Sun EPIC FAIL Istanbul Hat ralar ve ehir Istanbul Memories and the City 2005 Orhan PamukIstanbul Memories and the City is a largely autobiographical memoir by Orhan Pamuk that iseeply 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 Most of all it is a book about Bosphorus and Istanbul s history with the strait It was translated into English by Maureen Freely in 2005 2014 1391 495 9789644484704 20 30031399 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 wasImagine that old old city full of stories after centuries of human interaction of cultural clashes and exchanges of architectural wonders and wars of estruction 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 personal angle sharing his historical knowledge his family history and personal relationships both fictional and real Imagine walking the streets and recognising each cobblestone Pamuk mentions Imagine going to the markets and taking in the colours and flavours of the spices that he escribes hearing the voices of the lively sellers and buyers engaged in an everyday Love You To Death (Detective Ruby Preston, dialogue that you might not understand but feel close to all of a sudden as you have the voice of Pamuk in your headImagine feeling connected to a completely foreign world through the literary masterpiece of an author who knows how to cross the bridge between Asia and Europe both literally and figuratively speaking Imagine moving around that beautiful powerful city with your own family while stepping into the living room of Pamuk s childhood home meeting his relatives fromifferent generationsImagine feeling the h z n the melancholy of Istanbul almost as if it was possible to touch it physically guided by Pamuk s experience of spiritual loss as a chain that links together a city in an eternal identity crisisFor me it has always been a city of ruins and of end of empire melancholy I ve spent my life either battling with this melancholy or like all stanbullus making it my ownIdentity crisis as the Arnhem defining element of identity itself that is an idea only literature can explain and transmit in conjunction with the black and white photographs of a fictional past glory and the experience of intense life carried out on the streets of modern IstanbulAs readable as Dickens London tales and Zola s accounts of Paris Pamuk gives his home town the best tribute possible he invites literary travellers to participate in the imagination of its torn soulBrilliantI couldn t help seeing the city partially with the Scandinavian painter s eyes as well seeing Zorn s painting of the Bosporus as a visual tribute to the melancholy beauty of local life that Pamuk celebratesEast meets West B 79% Good Notes An effective inviting blend of history and memoir Though the word melancholy is overused to the point of clic. Anbul come PamukAlberto Manguel The Washington Post Unaelle più affascinanti città Fitness for Living del mondo raccontata con la passione enciclopedicael collezionista l'a Love Is Blind del figlio il lirismo intensoel poe.

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Pamuk adds another layer to Istanbul s proverbial escription as the bridge between east and west by showing how the major Istanbul modernists poet Yahya Kemal and novelist AH Tanpinar new names to me I have to follow up erived a poetics of post imperial ennui and urban The World in the Curl decay For me a gooday is a Connexity day like any other when I have written one page well Except for the hours I spend writing life seems to me to be flawedeficient and senseless Those who know me well understand how A Personal Influence dependent I am on writing tables pens and white paper but they still urge me to take a bit of time offo some travelling enjoy life Those who know me even better understand that my greatest happiness is writing so they tell me that nothing that keeps me far from writing paper and ink will ever Americas First City do me any good I am one of those rare happy creatures who have been able too what they most Bone Mountain (Inspector Shan, desired and who have been able toevote themselves to that task to the exclusion of all else There s really no nice way to say this One of the Neutered by the vet (The League of Dominant Women deservedly obscure authors he spends a chapter praising isescribed as being some kind of pedophile This isn t a pretend metaphor in Lolita this is Pamuk s loving Charity Girl description of a nobody If that s not enough his bestescription of Istanbul one of the largest cities today and importantly in history is mopery about his apartment and Alipio decaying wooden houses near it To spend aay in the tiny English section of a large bookstore and see nothing but Pamuk writings everywhere put me in a Seducing Ingrid Bergman decidedly bad moodOriginal reviewThis book can feel so perfectly paced and intimate because he spends a lifetime sitting indoors bemoaning an Istanbul which he saysoesn t exist any How he can remain isolated in a busy city year after year says about him his non Turkish background wealthier heritage self centered habits etc than it probably The Guardship (Thomas Marlowe, does about Istanbul I stopped reading just after heescribed his encyclopedic unread and unwept literary heros but regret avoiding Istanbul based on his A Secret Place descriptions Turkson t seem to like him because of his comments about Armenians His politics may sometimes have validity but he s mostly a spoiled man pretending to moan over himselfHave to say finally my edition was the second most beautifully Scandalous (Playing with Fire designed and made paperback I ve ever read with paper type faces and space of precisely the right weight Major part of the bookescribes what some poets journalists and painters have written or painted about Istanbul Brute Force (Nick Stone, during 19th centuryBut when I picked this one up after reading My Name is Red the expectation was to know how Pamukescribes Istanbul and his life in that city not what some 19th century unknown travellers and century old journalists with Beautiful Breasts Pictures difficult names to pronounce had to say There were some interesting chapters but weo not buy a highly priced book printed on uality paper packaged with a lovely cover and praised by many internationally acclaimed news papers only to read few chaptersIf you have not read Pamuk s works yet recommend to read his other works before Istanbul Or you may overlook some great works of a master 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 man 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 than a month ago and entirely gave up on ever being able to write a To Risks Unknown decent review about comes to my mind unbidden as thougheeply 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 because Istanbul Memories and the City has affected me personally than any other book ever has Therefore I m not going to praise Pamuk s literary skills or the elouence of the language Nor am I going to comment on the exuisite picture of Istanbul which many westerners have When You Look Up described and which the author himself reflects upon many a time throughout the whole book Those aspects enchanted me well enough and theyo give this book a great The Vampire Next Door (Strange Neighbors, deal of its charm but not as much as the relationship Pamuk shares with his cityoes I have to say that I ve also chosen a very odd timing to read this memoir The few past months have been very busy and offered me very little time to read and yet stubbornly I guess and to the amusement of many of my friends I carried this book everywhere I went to make use of stolen free moments It took me long to finish naturally but as John Green elouently puts it As I read I fell in love the way you fall asleep slowly and then all at once The result was that I would read a few pages on the road then find myself staring out of the window watching many familiar objects as though for the first time Has Jerusalem always been this beautiful Has it always buzzed with noise and movement I Any Girl Can Be a CandyKiss Girl! / Tea with the Birds / The G-SUS Gene d wonder sometimes The magic in this book was that while it offered nothing new except theetails of Istanbul and its Scandal! dark alleys which I ve never been to it reminded me to observe my own city with fresh eyes As a painting probably Or a black and white sketch Sometimes as a partner in an epic love story Whatever it was it helped me remember that familiarityoes not necessarily guarantee perfect knowledge That in an earlier century another person stood just like I The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel did in a place he known since childhood suddenly noticing something that has always been there but somehow at that particular moment felt new and uniue And why is that Bec. Istanbul come malinconia condivisa Istanbul come Pilgrimage (1920) doppio Istanbul come immagini in bianco e neroi edifici sbriciolati e Shapely Ankle Preferrd di minareti fantasma Istanbul come labirintoi strade osservate a alte fin.

Ause he pretended to be a stranger a Westerner in Pamuk s case So whenever I sense the absence of Western eyes I become my own Westerner Ch31 I would begin to observe myself from the outside as if in a ream Ch34 At moments I felt that I ve never related to an author or to his seeking the picturesue and the poetic At others I felt pity Pity that such a brilliant writer could be lost much too taken with the European take on Istanbul in his youth And so I found it only understandable for him to wonder by the end of the book Why should we expect a city to cure us of our spiritual pains Perhaps we shouldn t The melancholy which invades the very soul of these memoirs stems from the city itself its ruins and Fair Play (Zephyr Ranch dilapidated palaces from the attempt to modernize along with westernize Turkey and bury theeeply rooted history This specific sentence stopped me because it occurred to me upon reading it that cities with ever changing and usually painful histories must have similar emotional atmospheres This is probably why I loved Pamuk s walks to the poor neighborhoods and the ruins than anything else they represented the sort of poetic escapism which this book offered me on so many occasions And it made me wonder than ever whether Pamuk intended those memoirs to be a record of his own actions and ecisions or a tribute to the city he loved yet in which he was ever restless and wandering Reading this book I was also reminded that stress teaches you to yearn for the unreachable the unexpected At least it taught me to Reading under stress also gave this book a wholly ifferent light from what I anticipated Pamuk s memoirs came as a stimulator for many feelings and urges instead of a stereotyped brochure about Istanbul s charms The I read the I felt this irresistible urge to paint and write I think that Cronache della famiglia Wapshot during those busy months I ve had sketches around me begging to be worked on than I ever had in my free time The chapter named Painting Istanbul only helped to ignite those yearnings and to make me pray for some leisure And like Pamuk I felt that painting allowed me to enter the scene on the canvas The positive pointed out I have to say that this book was far from perfect I wasn t truly interested in Pamuk s physical fantasies or his religious upbringing which he mentioned often and which I found irrelevant andistracting most of the time The narration though beautiful and imaginative tended sometimes towards repetition All in all the few negative points aside Pamuk s memoirs will always stay with me and remind me of a specific period in my life when I The Temple of the Golden Pavilion decided to study architecture the very branch of study the author chose then soon afterecided to abandon for writing and when I re established my long term passion for painting also a hobby the author chose to uit long ago Istanbul Memories and the City will always be one of my treasured reads 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 The Secret Life of Birds discussing his piece On the Transmigration of Souls which wasedicated to 911 as he said I want to avoid words like reuiem or memorial when The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering describing this piece because they too easily suggest conventions that this pieceoesn t share If pressed I New Penguin Cookery Book d probably call the piece a memory space It s a place where you can go and be alone with your thoughts and emotions The link to a particular historical event in this case to 911 is there if you want to contemplate it But I hope that the piece will summon human experience that goes beyond this particular eventSimilarly Orhan Pamuk is not writing a Decline and Fall of Istanbul in a strict economic and political reactionary sense It s much than thatPamuk chooses toepict the city in which he has lived all fifty years of his life through his own personal experience This is an experience created out of the analysis and painting childhood memories personal family tragedy and happiness famous literary figures and creations perspectives of newspapers and reports of oddities Added to this is Wrong Pong descriptions of city wide feelingsoings and happenings and most importantly the concept of huzun a complicated honorable tenaciously held communal melancholy that Pamuk believes lies over the city and of course the endless big words East and West shoving their heads together in the midst of people just trying to live their livesPamuk Dealmakers Guide To Commercial Real Estate deals with big uestions that fascinate me such as Howo you go on when all that you know has The Contest of the Century died Do you have to burn the past in order to live in the present Whatoes this word West mean and whom The Battle of the Atlantic does it mean this to Howo you The Real Dads Army deal with multiple identities that tear you apart What is the psychological effect of the generations who repress themselves in order to get along with the new power nations on the block and survive Howo you live when all the legends have Model-Based Systems Engineering with OPM and SysML done it better What is this attachment we have for certain places Who is allowed to have a valid perspective on a place or a culture and whyo perspectives from certain sources produce such anger etcHe also Pour une branche de gui deals with uestions on a smaller personal scale which is why this is as much a personal psychological study as it is a national one Howo we become who we are Why must we be other in order to see ourselves endless uestions on personal identity and choice and conflic. 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Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul in 1952 and grew up in a large family similar to those which he describes in his novels Cevdet Bey and His Sons and The Black Book in the wealthy westernised district of Nisantasi As he writes in his autobiographical book Istanbul from his childhood until the age of 22 he devoted himself largely to painting and dreamed of becoming an artist After graduating fro