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

John McCarroll
31 March, 2016

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

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

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