A major work of contemporary Turkish literature, Istanbul Was a Fairy Tale tells the stories of three generations of a Jewish family from the 1920s to the 1980s. Istanbul is their only home, and yet they live in a state of alienation, isolating themselves from the world around them. As witness, observer, and protagonist, the narrator--at once inside and outside of his story--records their many tales, as well as those of their friends and neighbors, creating an expansive mosaic of characters, each doing their best to survive their perilous century. First edition Dalkey Archive Press 2012, now available again.
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