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Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul

Charles King

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ISBN 10: 1483049418 / ISBN 13: 9781483049410
Published by Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2014
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Title: Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of ...

Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Audio CD

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Unabridged.

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At midnight, December 31, 1925, citizens of the newlyproclaimed Turkish Republic celebrated the New Year. For the first time ever,they had agreed to use a nationally unified calendar and clock.Yet in Istanbul—an ancient crossroads and Turkey's largestcity—people were looking toward an uncertain future. Never purely Turkish,Istanbul was home to generations of Greeks, Armenians, and Jews, as well asMuslims. It welcomed White Russian nobles ousted by the Russian Revolution,Bolshevik assassins on the trail of the exiled Leon Trotsky, German professors,British diplomats, and American entrepreneurs—a multicultural panoply ofperformers and poets, do-gooders and ne'er-do-wells. During the Second WorldWar, thousands of Jews fleeing occupied Europe found passage through Istanbul,some with the help of the future Pope John XXIII. At the Pera Palace, Istanbul'smost luxurious hotel, so many spies mingled in the lobby that the managerposted a sign asking them to relinquish their seats to paying guests.With beguiling prose and rich character portraits, CharlesKing brings to life a remarkable era when a storied city stumbled into themodern world and reshaped the meaning of cosmopolitanism.

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"Timely...brilliant...hugely enjoyable, magnificently researched and deeply absorbing." --The New York Times Book Review

"The excellent and timely Midnight at the Pera Palace...[offers] a fascinating take on the period and the characters that passed through the city..." --Cornucopia

"A superb portrait of interwar Istanbul...It succeeds brilliantly in portraying the eclipsed city in the Twenties and Thirties, when bars, jazz clubs and brothels all proliferated." --Sunday Telegraph

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