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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).