Epitaph for Istanbul

In Istanbul: Memories and the City (2003/2005), the Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk wrote a double portrait of himself – in childhood and youth — and his home town. Christopher de Bellaigue, writing in today’s Guardian Review, says that much of the shabby beauty that Pamuk celebrated has already gone, wiped out in a city that is demolishing and rebuilding at bewildering speed.

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