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An Istanbul Anthology : Travel Writing Through the Centuries, Hardback Book

An Istanbul Anthology : Travel Writing Through the Centuries Hardback

Edited by Kaya Genc


For centuries following its reestablishment as Constantinople in AD 330, Istanbul served as the capital of three great empires: Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman.

The city's maze-like streets and high balconies, its steep alleys, flower gardens, and forested hillsides remain soaked in the vestiges of that imperial past, and it is to that past and to Istanbul's unearthly moods and waters that so many writers and diarists journeyed in search of escape, knowledge, happiness, or sheer wonderment.

An Istanbul Anthology takes us on a nostalgic journey through the city with travelers' accounts of the sights, smells, and sounds of Istanbul's bazaars and coffeehouses, its grand palaces and gardens, crumbling buildings, and ancient churches and mosques, and the waters that so haunt and define it.

With writers such as Gustave Flaubert, Pierre Loti, Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, and Andre Gide, we discover and rediscover the many delights of this great city of antiquity, meeting point of East and West, and gateway to peoples and civilizations.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 160 pages, 24 b/w
  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9789774167218