New book: Istanbul Istanbul


Image: From the cover of Istanbul Istanbul (OR Books)

Image: From the cover of Istanbul Istanbul (OR Books)

Istanbul Istanbul, by Burhan Sönmez and translated by Ümit Hussein, is forthcoming from OR Books. Burhan Sönmez appeared in New York City on April 28 and April 29 as a part of the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature.

Four prisoners—Demirtay the student, the doctor, Kamo the barber, and Uncle Küheylan—held below the streets of Istanbul and subject to torture trade stories about their pasts and the city. In the following excerpt, seen through the eyes of Demirtay the student, Kamo the barber shares his narrative.

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