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Istanbul’s Galata Bridge has spanned the Golden Horn since the sixth century AD, connecting the old city with the more Western districts to the north. But the bridge is a city in itself, peopled by merchants and petty thieves, tourists and fishermen, and at the same time a microcosmic reflection of Turkey as the link between Asia and Europe. Geert Mak introduces us to the woman who sells lottery tickets, the cigarette vendors, and the best pickpockets in Europe. He tells us about the pride of the cobbler and the tea-seller's homesickness. And he describes the role of honor in Turkish culture, the temptations of fundamentalism and violence, and the urge to survive, even in the face of despair. These stories of the bridge’s denizens are interwoven with vignettes illuminating moments in the history of Istanbul and Turkey and shedding light on Turkey’s relationship with Europe and the West, the Armenian question, the migration from the Turkish countryside to the city, and the demise of the Ottoman Empire.
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Geert Mak is a journalist and historian, and one of The Netherlands’ bestselling writers; his books include Amsterdam, In Europe, and Jorwerd.Review:
"His intimate portraits disrupt tidy European prejudices, and this thoughtful, beautifully written book is suffused with a respect for the richness of the inner life of individuals that transcends tired metaphors." —The Independent
"His genius as a historian is his instinct for human stories . . . Mak is the history teacher everyone should have had." —Financial Times
"A powerful, humane and serious mind." —Guardian on In Europe
"Brilliant . . . a remarkable, insightful, exhilarating exposition on that peculiar continent across the Atlantic." —Publishers Weekly starred review of In Europe
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