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Description - The Bridge by Geert Mak

The Bridge is a charming, learned and unique gem of a book by the author of the international bestseller In Europe.

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 honour 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.The Bridge is a charming, learned and unique gem of a book by the author of the international bestseller In Europe.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099532149
ISBN-10: 009953214X
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 10mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 5-Mar-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Geert Mak

Geert Mak is a journalist and historian, and one of The Netherlands' bestselling writers; his books include Jorwerd, Amsterdam and In Europe, and have won many prizes.

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