The Larkspur Book Club Pioneers discuss "Istanbul" by Orhan Pamuk

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The Larkspur Book Club Pioneers at Diesel A Bookstore in LarkspurThe Larkspur Book Club Pioneers meet to discuss Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk on Wednesday, July 26th at 6:30pm.

This event is free and all are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Blending reminiscence with history; family photographs with portraits of poets and pashas; art criticism, metaphysical musing, and, now and again, a fanciful tale, Orhan Pamuk invents an ingenious form to evoke his lifelong home, the city that forged his imagination. He begins with his childhood among the eccentric extended Pamuk family in the dusty, carpeted, and hermetically sealed apartment building they shared. In this place came his first intimations of the melancholy awareness that binds all residents of his city together: that of living in the seat of ruined imperial glories, in a country trying to become "modern" at the dizzying crossroads of East and West. This elegiac communal spirit overhangs Pamuk's reflections as he introduces the writers and painters through whose eyes he came to see Istanbul. Against a background of shattered monuments, neglected villas, ghostly backstreets, and, above all, the fabled waters of the Bosphorus, he presents the interplay of his budding sense of place with that of his predecessors. He charts the evolution of a rich, sometimes macabre, imaginative life, which furnished a daydreaming boy refuge from family discord and inner turmoil, which would continue to serve the famous writer he was to become. It was, and remains, a life fed by the changing microcosm of the apartment building and, even more, the beckoning kaleidoscope beyond its walls. 

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
DIESEL, A Bookstore
2419 Larkspur Landing Circle
Larkspur, CA 94939
Istanbul: Memories and the City Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781400033881
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - click to see which location!
Published: Vintage Books USA - July 11th, 2006