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Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul

Charles King
Format
Book
Published
New York : W.W. Norton and Company, 2014.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9780393089141 (hardcover), 0393089142 (hardcover)
Summary
"When the Ottoman Empire collapsed, so many spies mingled in the lobby of Istanbul's Pera Palace Hotel that the manager posted a sign asking them to relinquish seats to paying guests. As the multi-ethnic empire became a Turkish republic, Russian émigrés sold family heirlooms, an African American impresario founded a jazz club, Miss Turkey became the first Muslim beauty queen, and a Boston professor unveiled the lost treasures of the Hagia Sophia. Turkey's president Kemal Atatürk, Muslim feminist Halide Edip, the exiled Leon Trotsky, and the future Pope John XXIII fought for new visions of human freedom. During World War II, German intellectuals ran from the Nazis while Jewish activists spirited refugees out of occupied Europe. In this pioneering portrait of urban reinvention, Charles King re-creates an era when an ancient city became a global crossroads--a forgotten moment when Europe's closest Muslim metropolis became its vital port of refuge; 'Intrigue, violence, sex, and espionage, all set against the slow dimming of Ottoman magnificence. I loved this book'--Simon Winchester"--Provided by publisher.
Contents
  • Maps
  • Author's note
  • Prologue
  • Grand hotel
  • The gray fleet
  • Occupation
  • Resistance
  • Moscow on the Bosphorus
  • Konstantinoupolis
  • "The post-war world was jazzing"
  • "The past is a wound in my heart"
  • Modern times
  • Beyond the veil
  • Living like a squirrel
  • Island life
  • Queen
  • Holy wisdom
  • Shadow wars
  • Paper trails
  • At the Gate of Felicity
  • Epilogue
  • Glossary
  • Chronology.
Description
xiv, 476 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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