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This is a book in which East and West don’t just meet, they hug each other as old friends and go off to have a raki or two together. The title suggests these are going to be memoirs of travelling and architectural discovery. There are indeed fascinating accounts of journeys across Turkey in the days before mass-tourism and good roads - and haunting colour photos to accompany them. Goodwin the scholar is careful to record the condition of the main Ottoman monuments and how they have fared since…
Goodwin, however, is too sympathetic and intelligent an observer not to be far more interested in people than in buildings, whether shepherds in villages or academics on the Bosphorus… Anyone wanting to write the intellectual and social history of Turkey during the period will find this a rich source book…
The Russian love affair with the Caucasus has been long and cruel, though the outside world knows little of the multitude of ethnic groups who for millennia have inhabited this remote strip of land the size of France.
Few cities have been served so faithfully by an artist as Istanbul was served, in its twilight years as a great imperial capital, by Fausto Zonaro. By Philip Mansel
Turkey’s Kaçkar Mountains, a daunting extension of the Caucasus high above the Black Sea, are only for the intrepid. Ali Özgü Caneri and Kate Clow took advantage of the short trekking season to scale two of the saw-edged summits. Photographs by Kate Clow.
Exiled by Stalin in 1929, Trotsky went to live on the Princes Islands near Istanbul. For four years he fished, wrote and developed the doctrine of Trotskyism. Remarkable photographs from the David King Collection show a quiet, ordered existence. Norman Stone uncovers the plotting that lay behind it.
Turkey’s northeastern neighbour, Georgia, is a fairytale country with a hard edge, and its entrancing landscape of isolated hilltop cathedrals and medieval monasteries just demands to be explored. By Minn Hogg
Built as way-stations for Orthodox pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land or Mount Athos, the rooftop churches of Karaköy are a forgotten corner of the Motherland in the heart of Istanbul. By Owen Matthews. Photographs by Simon Wheeler
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