What are some good reads about Istanbul -not including the guidebooks?

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Istanbul Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk

"The Bastard of İstanbul" by Elif Shafak, gotta read that

Really, anything by Orhan Pamuk is good. I like Museum of Innocence. if you are a sci-fi lover, check out The dervish House by Ian McDonald, which is about a near-future besiktas.

If you are into history, I'd advise checking out A Peace to End all Peace by david Fromkin. It's about the end of the ottoman empire and World war 1, but it really sheds a lot of light about old Istanbul and the foundation of modern Turkey.


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John McCarroll •London, United Kingdom

Irresponsible anthropologist and fiction writer. Used to be an expat in Istanbul. 

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