Tanpinar's ‘Five Cities’

Tanpinar's ‘Five Cities’

By Ahmed Hamdi Tanpinar
Translated by Ruth Christie

Anthem Cosmopolis Writings

In ‘Five Cities’ (‘Beş Şehir’), Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar focuses on cities significant in Anatolian history and his own emotional life. Part history, part autobiography, part poetic meditation on time and memory, ‘Five Cities’ is Proustian in style with a tension between a backward-looking melancholy and a concern for the unpredictable future of the author’s country.

Paperback, 228 Pages

ISBN:9781783088485

November 2018

£10.99, $15.95

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About This Book

Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, poet, novelist and critic, was a professor of Ottoman and Turkish literature at Istanbul University. His ‘Five Cities’ was first published in Turkish as ‘Beş Şehir’ in 1946 and revised in 1960. It consists of five lyrical essays, each focused on a city significant in Anatolian history and in Tanpinar's emotional life.

Part history, part autobiography, part poetic meditation on time and memory, ‘Five Cities’ is Proustian in style, with a tension between a backward-looking melancholy and a concern for the unpredictable future of his country. Comparable to Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk’s ‘Istanbul: Memories of a City’, ‘Five Cities’ emphasizes personal attitudes and reactions but has a wider scope of geography, history and culture.

Ruth Christie’s translation of ‘Beş Şehir’ makes the essays, which are as aesthetically appealing as a novel, available to readers of English for the first time.

Reviews

Five Cities, ably translated by Ruth Christie, is a first-rate achievement and an important addition to any collection in which Turkey features prominently.
—Vince Czyz, Arts Fuse

Author Information

Ruth Christie studied Turkish language and literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, UK. She has translated a large number of works of Turkish fiction and poetry into English.

Series

Anthem Cosmopolis Writings

Table of Contents

1. Ankara; 2. Erzurum; 3. Konya; 4. Bursa; 5. Istanbul;

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