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Dracula in Istanbul: The Unauthorized Version of the Gothic Classic

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For the first time in English comes a remarkable literary discovery. In 1928, Turkish author Ali Rıza Seyfioglu pirated Bram Stoker’s Dracula, rewriting it with new material, patriotic overtones, and Islam. A rare example of a “bootleg” novel, it’s also the first adaptation to plainly identify Dracula as the historical warlord Vlad the Impaler.

When a modern Istanbul is t
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Kindle Edition, 165 pages
Published September 13th 2017 by Neon Harbor Entertainment, LLC (first published 1928)
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Anthony
Interesting background to this one: really, a "bootleg" translation/adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel that cuts out numerous subplots (no Renfield at all!), transfers the action to Instanbul while condensing it to a much shorter page count (no return to Transylvania for the final showdown) and makes explicit what Stoker merely implied about Dracula being the real Vlad Tepes.

I enjoyed it, very much. While I missed Renfield and the stronger role Mina Harker played, I was intrigued by the way the h
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Keith Burrows
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm far from an expert on Dracula or Turkey, but I found reading this version (and the accompanying essays) fascinating. There are quite a lot of changes from the original, both to shift the setting from London to Istanbul, and general editing to shorten the story. Most interesting are the added sections which discuss the historic context of Vlad the Impaler and his relationship with the Ottoman empire--a relationship that seems to make Istanbul a much more suitable setting for the book than the ...more
Kevin Folliard
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dracula in Istanbul is a must read for fans of the original Gothic classic. It is a brisk, fun, and fascinating way to re-experience Stoker's story from a brand new vantage point. The foreword and afterward provide great insights about this Turkish adaptation, as well as the broader impacts of Dracula as a character and legend who has spread across so many cultures in so many different mediums. A terrific way to read Dracula "for the first time" again! ...more
Meghana34
I knew this was a Turkish version of Dracula , but I was surprised at just how similar the two books are. Seriously, the plot is the exact same. The only difference is that this shifts the setting to 1920s Istanbul, adds historical context identifying Count Dracula as Vlad the Impaler, and has a heavy emphasis on Islam and Turkish patriotism.

I read this hoping for detailed descriptions of Istanbul a la The Museum of Innocence , but the book didn't meet my expectations there. It's intere
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Luke
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I know what you've always wanted: a version of Dracula with cars in it, set in Istanbul. And where the head vein-drainer is a military coward instead of a great warlord. And where there's lots of reference to God, and the steadfast nature of a good Turkish gent is the highest achievement one can have.

Right?

Well, you got it here. Dracula in Istanbul is a mash-up of Stokerian text with Turkish pride, and it's kind of nuts but also moustache-rifflingly great. Ali Rıza Seyfioglu, writing in 1928,
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Danielle Klassen
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Both very similar but very different approach to Stoker's story. This is definitely one that Dracula historians should be aware of and should read, considering that the change in place is steeped in a lot more historical context. It is very nationalistic and pro-Ottoman, which gives the story a very different outlook when the English protagonists were changed to Muslim Turks. Very highly recommended. ...more
José
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting take on the traditional dracula story. Its decently written and moves at a nice pace. Plus, it has a lot of interesting differences with the original novel (a more direct connection with Vlad the impaler, and turkish nationalism out of all things), but i dont think its strong enough to stand on its own.

its still worth reading if your a fan of dracula, but of you are not that into our undead friend in particular or vampires in general, you can probably skip it.
Ella
Super unintentionally hilarious and thus very fun.
Tom Young
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting perspective but not particularly well written.
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