Choosing one book to summarize my fascination with Istanbul is a hard task, but upon the delivery of our first design project in this city, I decided to share a handful of books. Three were written by two locals fueled by their passion for Western literature. Another, written by a Westerner with an Eastern fascination, trumps all Istanbul travel and history books in its documentation of the city.


1- The Birds Have Also Gone, Yashar Kemal
2- My Name is Red, Orhan Pamuk
3- The Museum of Innocence, Orhan Pamuk
4- Istanbul the Imperial City, John Freely


Richard Kassab

Reading Istanbul

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