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Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk
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Oct 24, 2009

Not the Istanbul I know, though I speak on a week's expertise. Pamuk claims that Istanbul and the Istanbullus are in a permanent melancholic funk post decline and fall of the Ottoman Empire. This is an inaccurate claim. Pamuk should have mentioned in the preface that he has a Proustian aversion to the outdoors and leaving his room; a more accurate title would have been "My Istanbul, as seen from my childhood bedroom..."

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