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Turkey - Further reading

Further reading on Turkey

  • Istanbul - a traveller's companion by Laurence Kelly is a delightful collection of choice bits written about Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul over two millennia.
  • Mark Twain's Innocents Abroad is a classic account of tourism in Turkey. Many of Twain's observations of Istanbul are still current.
  • A Fez of the Heart by Jeremy Seal is a witty inquiry into resurgent Islam and what it means to be a 'modern' Turk.
  • Lord Kinross' The Ottoman Centuries is the most readable of the legion histories of the empire; his Atatürk, the Rebirth of a Nation is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the formation of the republic.
  • If you want to know your old rocks, grab Ancient Civilisations and Ruins of Turkey by Ekrem Akurgal.
  • Turkish fiction available in translation includes the novels of Yasar Kemal (colourful characters and the drama of farming and working-class life) and Orhan Pamuk (a young Turkish novelist with a worldwide following).

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