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The Book of Istanbul
The Book of Istanbul

The Book of Istanbul

A City in Short Fiction

Edited by Jim Hinks, Edited by Gul Turner

Reading the City


114 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $13.95 (CA $17.95) (US $13.95)

Publication Date: December 2012

ISBN 9781905583317

Rights: US & CA

Comma Press (Dec 2012)

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Both intelligent and accessible, this collection pulls readers into the heart of Turkish culture, politics, and history through multifarious narrative frameworks. The testimonials, memories, and confessions that weave through the pages not only birth a new concept of Turkish life from previously unsung voices, but also tell universal truths about living to which anyone can relate—regardless of background, language, or creed. Providing an enriched experience and taste of modern urban Turkey, these short stories paint Istanbul with many colors, shades, and tones with a luxury that cannot always be afforded by the novel.


"Full of insights and surprises."  —Guardian

"One of the few contemporary Turkish writers who have brought something new to our literature."  —Yashar Kemal, author, on Nedim Gürsel

"A sampler of the vibrant writing coming out of the Middle East."  —Saudi Gazette on Madinah

Author Biography

Jim Hinks is a part-time lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, an assistant coordinator for Literature Northwest, and an employee of Comma Press. He is the editor of Brace: A New Generation in Short Fiction and ReBerth: Stories from Cities on the Edge. Gul Turner is an editor, a freelance journalist, a former gallery assistant at National Museums Liverpool, and a former marketing and communications manager with Dogan Media Group.