Tanpinar's 'Five Cities' (Anthem Cosmopolis Writings) (Paperback)

Tanpinar's 'Five Cities' (Anthem Cosmopolis Writings) By Ahmed Hamdi Tanpinar, Ruth Christie (Translator) Cover Image

Tanpinar's 'Five Cities' (Anthem Cosmopolis Writings) (Paperback)


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Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, poet, novelist and critic, was a professor of Ottoman and Turkish literature at Istanbul University. His 'Five Cities' was first published in Turkish as 'Beş Şehir' in 1946 and revised in 1960. It consists of five lyrical 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 his 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.

Ruth Christie's translation of 'Beş Şehir' makes the essays, which are as aesthetically appealing as a novel, available to readers of English for the first time.

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.
Product Details ISBN: 9781783088485
ISBN-10: 1783088486
Publisher: Anthem Press
Publication Date: November 15th, 2018
Pages: 228
Language: English
Series: Anthem Cosmopolis Writings