Good Reading : March 2011
fully booked the city of Ottoman sultans for 400 years -- there are numerous small bookshops, many of which have excellent English language selections. Galeri Cayseri on Divanyolu Caddesi (near the Sultanahmet tram stop) has been open for business since 1979, and specialises in English books about Turkey.There are also several other bookshops nearby with reasonable selections in English on Turkish history and literature. At about three kilometres, Istiklal Caddesi is the longest pedestrian mall I have seen -- and certainly the most crowded. Running from Taksim Square -- a large shopping and leisure district -- to near the Golden Horn, Istiklal Caddesi and its environs feature several bookshops, of which Robinson Crusoe and Homer Kitabevi are two of he best known. The quality and range of the works for sale is surprisingly high. Naturally the works of Orhan Pamuk get a heavy workout. Most museums and bookshops have translated versions of My Name is Red, The New Life and The White Castle as well as The Museum of Innocence. Pamuk writes about -- among other things -- the experience of cultural change and adaption from a non-western perspective. Given that when Kemal Atatürk's regime introduced a Latin-based alphabet in 1928 when about 90 per cent of the Turkish population was illiterate, the numerous bookshops of Sultanahmet and Istiklal Caddesi testify to the extent of that change and adaptation. Meet bestselling author Jean Auel Alexander McCall Smith's favourite books Daphne du Maurier's Cornwall Mothers' Day Gift Guide NEXT ISSUE on sale 25 March ORDER YOUR COPY NOW! Istiklal Caddesi, the elegant pedestrian street filled with music stores, theatres, cafés and cinemas. Robinson Crusoe bookshop on Istiklal Caddesi. Homer Kitabevi bookshop on Istiklal Caddesi.