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Constantinople (Hesperus Classics) [Paperback]

Edmondo De Amicis


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29 July 2005 Hesperus Classics
This is the first translation into English of one of the most evocative accounts of exotic cities by one of the most loved Italian authors - a triumph of travel literature. Journeying to Constantinople by boat, Edmondo de Amicis is initially dismayed to discover that his first glimpse of this much-awaited city will be one obscured and disfigured by fog. Yet as they travel nearer, he comes to appreciate that this slow 'unveiling' - with rooftops, domes and minarets being revealed one by one - is in fact perhaps the best introduction to Constantinople he could wish for. Such an arrival sets the precedent for his entire stay: as he moves around this most cosmopolitan of cities, he sees Greeks side by side with Turks, Armenians with Gypsies, and Catholics with Jews, and comes to a new understanding of the patchwork nature of life. "I had De Amicis' text ready when I came to Istanbul. For he had seen what I cannot see today." Umberto Eco from his Foreword

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd; Tra edition (29 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843911183
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843911180
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,507,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first translation into English of one of the most evocative accounts of exotic cities by one of the most loved Italian authors, with a foreword by Umberto Eco

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Journeying to Constantinople by boat, Edmondo De Amicis is initially dismayed to discover that his first glimpse of this much-awaited city will be obscured by fog. Yet, as he will come to appreciate, the slow unveiling of rooftops, domes and minarets is in fact the best introduction to Constantinople he could wish for. Throughout his stay in this most cosmopolitan of cities – with Greeks, Turks, Armenians, Gypsies, Catholics and Jews sewn together in a patchwork of life – he encounters the inhabitants’ endless vitality, in a city which provides an inexhaustible source of beauty and mystery.

The first edition for more than a century of what is arguably the best book ever written about Istanbul, Constantinople is the sublimely evocative and poetic account of one of the world’s most exotic cities.


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