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Tanpinar's 'Five Cities'

Ahmed Hamdi Tanpinar Ruth Christie



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Anthem Press
15 November 2018
Biography; Classic travel writing
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.
By:   Ahmed Hamdi Tanpinar
Translated by:   Ruth Christie
Imprint:   Anthem Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 204mm,  Width: 127mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9781783088485
ISBN 10:   1783088486
Series:   Anthem Cosmopolis Writings
Pages:   228
Publication Date:   15 November 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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

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