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Racconta Orhan Pamuk di aver vissuto fin dalla più tenera età nella convinzione che in un altro luogo di Istanbul abitasse un bambino identico a lui, un altro Orhan. Così, come in un gioco di specchi, Istanbul guarda verso l'Europa alla ricerca della città invisibile libera dalla miseria, tristezza e decadenza, forse una città che conservando un'identità orientale racchiud ...more
Hardcover, Supercoralli, 388 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Einaudi (first published 2003)
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Kelly
It is just lucky that I happened to read Menocal's Ornament of the World just before this, as it perfectly prepared me for the psychological labyrinth that is this book. It introduced me to a beautiful, helpful image for Pamuk's creation- the "memory palaces" and "memory gardens". This is not an introduction to Istanbul, it is a memory palace worthy of the wildest child's fantasies that haunt this tapestry. Perhaps John Adams, the minimalist composer, put it best when discussing his piece On the ...more
Ahmed
Sep 30, 2014 Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

فى المجمل وع العموم أنا لا أحب أدب السير الذاتية , لا لسبب بعينه ولكنى لا أعد نفسى من محبي هذا النوع من الأدب , رغم انبهارى بالعديد من هذه السير التى طالعتها .
ولكن أحياناً تقابلك حالة فريدة من هذا النوع تضعك فى راحة ذهنية ونفسية ممتعة.

حالة من الظلم أن تقول عنها مجرد سيرة ذاتية لأديب ما , بل هى تأريخ بديع لأمةٍ بكاملها , والأمتع هى تأريخ لمدينة وُصفت بالسحر على مدار تاريخها,
اما صاحب السيرة فهو أديب الأتراك الأكبر فى عصرهم الحديث (أورهان باموق) وأما مدينته فهى عاصمتهم الأعظم (اسطنبول)
اسطنبول (ولن
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Arakah Mushaweh
Jul 21, 2011 Arakah Mushaweh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
من بين خمسين كتاباً يصطفون في قائمة الكتب في الكيندل .. وقع اختياري على أورهان ، قرأت هذا الكتاب لأنه أورهان المبدع كما قرأت له في كتابه ألوان أخرى الذي لم أكمله بعد .. ولأنها اسطنبول التي أعشق .. هذا الكتاب الذي ما إن تبدأ بقراءة أول صفحة حتى تفوح لك ذاكرة الأمكنة .. هذا الكتاب المتعمق في ذاكرة اسطنبول .. حزن اسطنبول ، بيت العائلة المتمركز في اسطنبول ، الأبيض والأسود في اسطنبول .. حزن البسفور والياليات التي لم تعد موجودة بعد انهيار الخلافة .. كل هذه التفاصيل التي تشوبها رائحة الماضي بل هي من ال ...more
Sanaz
Dec 19, 2016 Sanaz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
در طول این یک ماه و 13 روزی که مشغول خواندن کتاب بودم، حداقل دو سه باری درباره اش نوشتم و به همه هم خواندنش را توصیه کردم. می توانم ادعا کنم که یکی از بهترین هایی بود که در چند وقت اخیر خواندم. پاموک در ترسیم شهر و بیان خاطراتش به گونه ای باور پذیر موفق عمل کرده است. اگر از آن کسانی باشید که شهرها را زندگی می کنند و در اصطلاح من آدم های عشق شهری هستند، از خواندن کتاب لذت می برید. چون به قول منتقد روزنامه گاردین این کتاب شاهکاری سه وجهی است؛ جسم و جان شهر را وصف می کند و گزارشی پر صلابت است از سی ...more
پگاه
May 07, 2016 پگاه rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to پگاه by: Moeen
کتاب رو تموم کردم و نمیتونستم همون طور روی تخت بمونم از شدت خوشی.

این کتاب وصفنکردنی خوب بود.

«اگر آن قدر در شهری زندگی کرده باشیم که واقعیترین و عمیقترین احساساتمان را به منظریهای آن منتقل کنیم، زمانی میرسد که خیابانها، تصاویر و چشماندازها همان طور که یک آهنگ، عشقی از دست رفته را در خاطرمان زنده میکند، واقعیترین و عمیقترین احساساتشان را به ما منتقل میکنند.»
این دقیقا خلاصهی اون چیزی بود که موجب شده نویسنده بتونه کتابی بنویسه که هم از استانبول بگه و هم از زندگی خودش، و نه تنها آشفتگیای احساس نشه، ب
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Mira
It feels very odd to be writing this review now, sitting in a car on my way back home, feeling bored and tired for no particular reason. And out of nowhere this book- which I finished more than a month ago, and entirely gave up on ever being able to write a decent review about- comes to my mind unbidden, as though deeply connected with my present state of mind. This is going to be one of the most personal reviews I’ll ever write, but that’s merely because Istanbul: Memories and the City has af ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Along with The World's Literature group, I have been reading a lot of books set in Turkey this year. Just check out what I've covered so far!



Istanbul: Memories and the CityBlissBirds Without WingsA Conspiracy of AlchemistsThe DervishSnowThe Dervish HousePurple Citrus & Sweet Perfume: Cuisine of the Eastern Mediterranean


One of the best known Turkish authors has to be Orhan Pamuk. I've only managed to read one book of his so far, but there are many more on my to-read list to get to. I actually think reading this autobiography/memoir first will add some understanding to any of his books that I read in the future. It covers his childhood in Istanbul, up through his college y
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sweet jane
Ένας Παμούκ νοσταλγός της παιδικής του ηλικίας και της παλιάς Πόλης. Μια Κωνσταντινούπολη που ακροβατεί ανάμεσα στην παράδοση και στο χάδι της Ευρώπης. Ένα λαογραφικό Ιστορικό διαδραματιζόμενο στο τέλος μιας παραμυθενιας εποχής. Όλα τα παραπάνω είναι το Ιστανμπούλ!

Ένα, σίγουρα, από τα πιο ξεχωριστά βιβλία του Τούρκου συγγραφέα και ίσως ο πιο όμορφος ταξιδιω-ιστορικός οδηγός της Πόλης! Κατάλληλο για όσους μπλέκουν την ιστορία με τα παραμύθια και για όσους ταξιδεύουν κυριολεκτικά και μη!
Eric
Pamuk adds another layer to Istanbul’s proverbial description as “the bridge between east and west” by showing how the major Istanbul modernists – poet Yahya Kemal and novelist A.H. Tanpinar, new names to me, I have to follow up – derived a poetics of post-imperial ennui and urban decay from the melancholic image of their city recorded or dreamed by travelling French writers in the nineteenth century. “[T]he roots of our hüzün [urban melancholy] are European: the concept was first explored, expr ...more
Chris
This is the second book by Pamuk that I have read. I would like to point out that it seems that this book should be read either before or after The Museum of Innocence because I found myself making it notes of where the novel and this memoir collide.

I've never been to Istanbul, but now I want to go. What Pamuk does is not only describe his family but a city as a conflict between East and West. While it is not something that my own western city feels, it is somewhat akin to the feeling that Phila
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أميــــرة
ليس كتابًا هو بل موسوعة أهداها كاتب مرموق لمعشوقته "اسطنبول" فخرجت مليئة بالتفاصيل التي أدهشتني لبساطتها وصدقها وألفتها.
ومما زاد من غنى الكتاب الصور الفوتوغرافية واللوحات التي انتشرت بين صفحاته، فكان كل مشهد يصفه الكاتب تجد بجانبه الصورة المعبرة عنه، فشعرت معه أنني قطعت تذكرة سفر لاسطنبول وأنا جالسة بمكاني. وعجبتُ لكم التشابه بين مصر وتركيا، وبين اللغتين العربية والتركية.

الترجمة بديعة ولكن عابها شئ واحد وهو طول الجُمل المبالغ فيه، فتجد فاصلا بين مبتدأ الجملة وخبرها يصل لأربعة أسطر مما أربكني معظ
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Irene
Aug 07, 2016 Irene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a duel memoir, that of the author’s first twenty years of life and that of Istanbul during the same period. Pamuk has a poet’s voice. By that, I don’t mean that he uses flowery or metaphoric language, but rather that he has the ability to conjure the abstract into palpable form: the atmosphere of a neighborhood, the bonds in a family, the mood of a people. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book that lacked any plot or narrative tension. I must have been in just the right mood.
Mana H
Aug 08, 2014 Mana H rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memo, essay-s
ریویوها هم ژانر دارند، این ریویو باب حسرت است. چند سال است ورد زبانم شده «چرا با سابقهی شهری نزدیک به یک قرن، نمیتوانیم به ’شهر‘ فکر کنیم؟» و این کتاب مثال من است. اگر ترجمه کمی دقت بیشتر داشت چهار ستاره و اگر تصویرهاش معنادارتر بود پنج ستاره داشت. «حزن» را پاموک میسازد، حزن مال استانبول نیست، زادهی پاموک است. تاریخ و زیست شهر را تکوینی میخواند.
به امید روزی که بتوانیم به شهرهایمان فکر کنیم، به تبریز که آلبوم مصور رنج و تاریخ است، دیگ جوشان؛ به رشت و انزلی که کاش کاش به کلمه بیایند در تصویرهای فر
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Dion Yulianto
Ternyata butuh waktu lebih dari satu tahun untuk bisa menyelesaikan membaca buku ini (baca buku aja sampai setahun lebih, apalagi nulisnya yak. Keren deh para penulis itu). Kenapa? Apakah karena tidak menarik? Bukan karena itu, tetapi karena nuanasa huzun atau kemurungan dalam buku ini yang kental banget. Buku ini sendiri adalah memoar dari Orhan Pamuk, penerima Nobel Sastra 2007. Walau memoar, tetapi buku ini sepertnya lebih banyak tentang Istambul itu sendiri. Pamuk sepertinya hendak mengandai ...more
Salma
Dec 19, 2009 Salma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الكتاب ممتع، و أظن المشاكسين سيحبون طريقة حديثه عن ذكرياته و عن مدينته و أهله لغاية في أنفسهم، فهذا الباموق مشاكس من الطراز الأول
أحب دهاءه و مكره و سخريته و غمزه و لمزه الشريرين

الجميل في أورهان شعورك بصدقه حين يتحدث عن مدينته... بعيدا عن تلك الرومانسية المتكلفة أو الشوفينية القومية التي تجعل الكتّاب يرسمون مدنهم عادة... و خصوصا تلك المدن التي كان لها ماض تليد في التاريخ و لكنها صارت مدينة متخلفة في العصر الحاضر... و حين ذكر أيضا أن التغريب هو من جعل الكتّاب المحليين ينظرون لخرائبها و أزقتها ال
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Cortney
Feb 01, 2008 Cortney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was not, first of all, the book I espected it to be. It was not truly an autobiography of the author, who gave nothing at all away, at least in the context of the west (perhaps it would shock conservative Turks that he apparently had a sexual relationship with a girl as a young man, but I don't know what Turkish mores are, so I shouldn't judge) and gave away little in terms of the city that he was supposedly also biographying. It gave tantalising hints of things, and there were potential th ...more
Irwan
Apr 22, 2008 Irwan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
The most enchanting thing about this book is its symmetry. He opens with a statement that from a very young age he suspected that somewhere in the streets of Istanbul, there lived another Orhan so much like him that he could pass for his twin, even his double. In the last chapter, his father apparently led a double life just like in his imagination.

Pamuk manages to intermingle the story about Istanbul and himself - reflecting each other along the way. The writing style is mostly visual - his tr
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Travelin
Jun 28, 2013 Travelin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: started
There's really no nice way to say this. One of the deservedly obscure authors he spends a chapter praising is described as being some kind of pedophile. This isn't a pretend metaphor in Lolita, this is Pamuk's loving description of a nobody. If that's not enough, his best description of Istanbul, one of the largest cities today, and, more importantly, in history, is mopery about his apartment and decaying wooden houses near it. To spend a day in the tiny English section of a large bookstore and ...more
Jennifer
Were Orhan Pamuk active on Twitter back when he was writing Istanbul: Memories and the City he could have saved himself and his readers a great deal of time and frustration by simply distilling this work down to "Boo fucking hoo #firstworldproblems" and leaving it at that.

Instead, we're left to slog through four hundred pages of angsty ennui which purport to represent the zeitgeist of a city that mourns the days it stood at the center of the world but in fact do little more than chronicle the th
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pegah
Apr 30, 2016 pegah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
ای پاموک عزیز شما نشون دادی برای شناخت یک جامعه نیازی نیست آدم جامعه شناس باشه چون انگاری هر خانواده ای بخشی از فرهنگ یک کشور رو به نمایش میذاره و شاید اگه ما سعی کنیم خانواده خودمون رو اصلاح کنیم ( که البته با اصلاح خود شروع میشه) نهایتآ جامعه هست که اصلاح خواهد شد
Ava
Sep 15, 2016 Ava rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
English version

my first Orhan Pamuk's and not my taste at all.
It's a mixture of autobiography, history, literature and endless self pitty .

Ayu Palar
Mar 09, 2009 Ayu Palar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About a year ago, when I was brainstorming the topic for my master’s thesis, I stumbled upon the idea of space and identity relationship. Since then, I’ve always been interested in how space and place can affect the formation of one’s self. Reading Istanbul has strengthened that particular idea. Not only describing the physical condition of Istanbul, Orhan Pamuk also wrote about his love-hate relationship with the city. Istanbul isn’t just his home; it is the city that always inspires him.

I app
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Simona
Jan 18, 2013 Simona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"La bellezza del panorama è nella sua tristezza".

Parole come queste pronunciate da Ahrmet Rasim a inizio libro sintetizzano perfettamente l'essenza di questa opera.
"Istanbul" non è un romanzo, ma un diario di memorie, di ricordi in cui Pamuk ci mostra, ci descrive la sua Istanbul. Una Istanbul in cui domina la tristezza, la malinconia di certi luoghi e del suo scrittore. La Istanbul descritta da Pamuk assume i contorni di una terra ancorata al passato, ai suoi minareti e alla sua storia, come di
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Vasilis Kalandaridis
Λοιπόν,να ξεκαθαρίσουμε κάποια πράγματα.Εγώ αγαπώ την Πολη,πήγα μονο μια φορά κι όμως σχεδόν θυμάμαι κάθε σοκάκι,κάθε γωνιά και δρόμο που περπάτησα.Το λέω αυτό για να τονίσω ότι το συγκεκριμένο βιβλιο για κάποιον που εχει ψάξει πράγματα για την Πολη,που εχει διαβάσει για την Πολη,που λατρεύει οτιδήποτε σε σχέση με την Πολη,ειναι ενα βιβλιο καταπληκτικό.Σε βάζει στη διαδικασία να μάθεις κι αλλα πράγματα για την Πολη.Αν όμως θες να πάρεις μια πρώτη γεύση απο την Πολη και δεν ξερεις τίποτα γι'αυτή ...more
NG
Oct 06, 2011 NG rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

(Sorry for the English.. This was originally written for the book discussion here )
****

This is a very rich book.. Rich in emotions, sadness, life, even references!
It takes you deep into the streets of Istanbul, the real Istanbul, not tourist's Istanbul.. It will make you fall in love with Bosphorus, and feel the great attachment of the people of Istanbul to it.. Like it's somehow the main pillar or their very own existence.. I really understood this "dependence" feeling that author was talking a
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Alyazi
Oct 17, 2012 Alyazi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
كان يجب أن أكتب فوراً حين فرغت من قراءة الكتاب ، إلا أن لحظاتي الأخيرة مع الكتاب كانت قبل أن أخلدَ إلى نومٍ لم تكن اسطنبول للأسف من نصيبي في الحلم .. في الواقع إنه لمن المفارقة الكبيرة أن أقرأ عنها بينما أكنُ لها في عميقي بعض البغض ، فزيارتي الأخيرة لها لم تكن بتلك الزيارة التي تذكر ، بل إنني سعدتُ بالرحيل حين أزف .

ما قرأته عن اسطنبول بعيني باموق بدى مختلفاً جداً ، لم أستطع للحظات التمييز بين اسطنبول باموق و تلك ( الاسطنبول ) التي أعرف ذات الإزدحام المزعج و الجو الخانق والأسواق المملة و المباني
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Myles
Mar 24, 2015 Myles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I read Orhan Pamuk's Istanbul several of my friends told me how much fun they had visiting the city with its historical palace's and fabulous mosques. I wanted to visit the street markets and the seasides. I've read enough history about Byzantium and the Ottomans to whet my interest in the ruins of empires gone by.

But Pamuk has painted such a grim, dirty, and poor city that it left me wondering if my friends visited the same town. Dirt and crumbling mansions. Crashing pollution. Fires. Ho
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Kyriakos Sorokkou
May 30, 2016 Kyriakos Sorokkou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A few thoughts of mine, while reading this book:
İstanbul / Κωνσταντινούπολη
yalı / γιαλός
köfte / κεφτές
Karagöz and Hacivat / Καραγκιόζης και Χατζηαβάτης
puşt/ πούστης
Greek and Turkish language have many things in common.
Greeks and Turks have more things in common that differences but it's always the differences that are visible on the surface.
anyway
Pamuk's Istanbul is (as described in the book) a melancholic city, a grey city, a city caught between the west and the east, a city I wish to visit
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Andrew
Turns out that Orhan Pamuk, the Middle East's major proponent of cryptic, melancholy fiction can produce equally cryptic, melancholy memoirs. Pamuk's Istanbul isn't sunshine and minarets and kebabs like you'd imagine-- it's gloomy winter nights, half-demolished Ottoman houses, sunken ships, and interminable desperation due to its location between continents. Like Pessoa in Lisbon and Borges in Buenos Aires, Pamuk inverts the common image of Mediterranean life, and tells his story as a lifelong I ...more
Natheer Malkawi
شيء عظيم والله.. عمل جبّار، رح أحاول أكتب عنه باستفاضة أكثر قريبًا
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Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul in 1952 and grew up in a large family similar to those which he describes in his novels Cevdet Bey and His Sons and The Black Book, in the wealthy westernised district of Nisantasi. As he writes in his autobiographical book Istanbul, from his childhood until the age of 22 he devoted himself largely to painting and dreamed of becoming an artist. After graduating fro ...more
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“The first thing I learned at school was that some people are idiots; the second thing I learned was that some are even worse. ” 342 likes
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