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Monday, February 3, 2014

Seeing writer Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul

The writer Orhan Pamuk, walks in the Balat neighborhood of Istanbul. Pamuk's novels, which are as grounded in Istanbul as Dickens’ novels were in London and Naguib Mahfouz’s in Cairo, evoke both a magical city and a melancholy one, reeling from the loss of empire, torn by the clash between secularism and political Islam, and seduced by the West.