First English translation of Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar's Bes Sehir.
Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar's 'Five Cities' was first published in Turkish as Bes Sehir in 1946 and revised in 1960. It consists of five essays, each focused on a city significant in Anatolian history and in Tanpinar's emotional life. Part history, part autobiography, part poetic meditation on time and memory, Five Cities is Proustian in style, with a tension between a backward-looking melancholy and a concern for the unpredictable future of the author's country. Comparable to Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk's Istanbul: Memories of a City, Five Cities emphasizes personal attitudes and reactions but has a wider scope of geography, history and culture.
Ahmed Hamdi Tanpinar
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Series: Anthem Cosmopolis Writings
15 November 2018
Professional and scholarly
1. Ankara; 2. Erzurum; 3. Konya; 4. Bursa; 5. Istanbul;
Ruth Christie studied Turkish language and literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, UK. She has translated a large number of works of Turkish fiction and poetry into English.
Reviews for Tanpinar's 'Five Cities'
Five Cities, ably translated by Ruth Christie, is a first-rate achievement and an important addition to any collection in which Turkey features prominently. -Vince Czyz, Arts Fuse