Books Set in Turkey – Five Novels to Read Before You Travel

Wealthy in historical past, artwork and tradition, Turkey is the place the place Asia and Europe meet – all combining to make a captivating vacation vacation spot. However Turkey has a posh historical past, and for those who actually wish to get beneath the pores and skin of this intriguing nation, then studying books set in Turkey is a good place to start out. The novels under will enable you to scratch profit the floor of the vacationer brochures and vacation posters, deepening your understanding of this stunning and passionate nation. Why not give them a go earlier than setting off in your travels?

'Birds with out Wings' by Louis de Bernières

Via the eyes of the residents of a small village in southernwestern Turkey, this novel tells the story of how trendy Turkey was created on the flip of the 20th century. Via odd women and men, characters you’ll develop to like, you’ll be able to witness the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the brand new, secular state that emerges. It is a ebook that vacationer guides have been recognized to suggest, to assist folks perceive the historical past of their nation simply that little bit extra.

'The Flea Palace' by Elif Shafak

The town of Istanbul is a personality itself on this pleasant novel concerning the residents of the Bonbon Palace. Via the lives of the residents of the ten rundown residences, now we have a portrait of contemporary day Turkish society.

'Enlightenment' by Maureen Freely

Starting in 2005, this political thriller tells the story of American ex-patriot Jeannie Wakefield, whose husband is arrested for hyperlinks to terrorism. Because the story is appeared into by an investigative journalist, we’re taken again to 1970's Istanbul and the next a long time of political turmoil. The novel tracks precise historic occasions because it offers an image of the complicated politics and society of contemporary day Turkey, in addition to throwing gentle on the background to current day Turkish-American relations.

'Gardens of Water' by Alan Drew

On August 17, 1999, northwestern Turkey was hit by a robust earthquake which killed round 17,000 folks and left about half one million with out properties. This novel is the story of 1 Kurdish household throughout that earthquake and its aftermath, as they wrestle to rebuild their lives and hold their tradition intact among the many problem of dwelling in a refugee camp, the affect of forbidden love, and the relentless despair of their very own grief.

'The Museum of Innocence' by Orhan Pamuk

A listing of novels about Turkey wouldn’t be full and not using a ebook by the Nobel-prize profitable Pamuk. Like most of his books, Innocence is a hefty and difficult learn, however this story of obsessive love offers a beautiful image of the rising modernity of 1970's Istanbul. A quick affair along with his younger cousin leads 30-year previous Kemal to a life-long obsession with the reminiscence of their relationship. He begins to gather mundane objects for a museum to honor their love, and his life passes as if nothing else issues. In a beautiful mixing of truth and fiction, it’s possible you’ll quickly be capable of go to Pamuk's actual 'Museum of Innocence' which is at present constructing in Instanbul, a spot the place he intends to show a set of on a regular basis objects he has amassed over his lifetime.

So in case you are itching to get your self on that aircraft to discover Turkey as quickly as potential, make an early begin with these novels. I can assure that as you stroll across the markets of Istanbul or sit by the Bosphorous Strait watching all of the exercise, there might be many moments when the characters from these novels will really feel like they’re proper by your facet.

Source by Suzi Butcher