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Midnight at the Pera Palace : the birth of modern Istanbul

Author: Charles King
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton and Company, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles King
ISBN: 9780393089141 0393089142
OCLC Number: 883747392
Language Note: Text in English.
Description: xiv, 476 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: 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.
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Charles King brings to life a remarkable era when a storied city stumbled into the modern world and reshaped the meaning of cosmopolitanism.  Read more...

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"Charles King has combed out the threads of this complex and highly nuanced story in a hugely enjoyable, magnificently researched and deeply absorbing book." -- The New York Times "Charles King's Read more...

 
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