Issue 54, June 2016

Dive into Summer

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Travels with my art: photographer Brian McKee escapes to Van. Istanbul secrets: Alice Greenway swims by; Caroline Finkel walks the long way; Andrew Byfield on the flora; the Sultan’s Bosphorus pavilion. Rosamond E Mack asks where all the Bellinis went; Francis Russell has Christmas in ruins. Norman Stone suggests Enver Pasha’s last words. Grand new tomes on Iznik, dazzling Ottoman jewellery and tirit, succulent, sweet and savoury.

Highlights

  • Christmas in ruins

    Last Christmas, the art historian Francis Russell escaped the festivities for a hectic week revisiting the Aegean’s most fascinating historic sites, in readiness for a new, enlarged edition of his guide ‘Places in Turkey: A Pocket Grand Tour’. Here is his diary of an action-packed week

  • Beauty and the East

    The fine art photographer Brian McKee left Istanbul last July to explore the fabled sights of eastern Turkey. Renting a flat in the city of Van, he pored over a weighty survey by the scholar TA Sinclair and followed in his footsteps for 3,000 magnificent kilometres, around Lake Van, and north as far as the old Iron Curtain

  • Bread of Heaven

    Oozing delicious juices, irresistibly moreish, the ‘tirit’ covers a range of traditional Turkish soups and stews, both savoury and sweet, with slices of bread at their heart. Berrin Torolsan serves up the ultimate in comfort food

  • On the Threshold of a Dream: Küçüksu Kasrı

    Visitors arriving by water at the sultans’ pavilion of Küçüksu Kasrı could scarcely believe their eyes. As the gates on the Bosphorus swung open, they entered a world of head-turning theatricality, beauty and embellishment – a Dolmabahçe Palace in miniature that charmed a prince. By Berrin Torolsan. Interior photographs by Fritz von der Schulenburg

  • A World Beyond the Walls

    Istanbul, straddling two continents and sandwiched between two seas, has a thrillingly varied flora which includes many plants seen nowhere else on the planet. Sadly, it is also critically endangered. Text and photographs by Andrew Byfield

  • Going with the Flow

    Alice Greenway went to Istanbul to study Turkish and learnt to love swimming in the Bosphorus while she was at it

  • Ceramic Dynamics

    Two weighty tomes on the glories of Iznik pottery. Tim Stanley reviews the magnificent new Iznik book cataloguing the stupendous Ömer Koç Collection and a new study of Iznik’s Damascus offshoot.

Inside the issue

Books

  1. Wooing the Ottomans: Elizabethan England's designs on the Islamic world. [available online]
  2. Iznik to dream of: two weighty tomes on Iznik ceramics. Tim Stanley reviews the truly magnificent new catalogue of the Ömer Koç Iznik Collection and a new handsome volume on 'Damascus' Iznik [available online]
  3. Conquest and chaos: Eurasia's role in history. The Power of Love: new translations of two iconic Turkish novels. From Red Army conscript to CIA fixer: the enigmatic Rusi Nazar

Counterfact

  1. Enver Pasha's Fond Farewll
    The lost letter, by Norman Stone

Cookery

  1. Bread of Heaven
    Tirit – a sweet and savoury treat, by Berrin Torolsan
    [extract available online]

Regulars

  1. Private View by Andrew Finkel, [extract available online]
  2. Village Voices by Azize Ethem, Jazz by Emma Harper, Eating Out by Andrew Finkel, Letter from Anatolia by Roger Norman
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