Pamuk’s “Istanbul”: great for prose other than fiction

By Tuesday, August 6, 2013 , , , , 0

People are finding this work a winner for prose other than the novel or short story.  It crosses genre distinctions with ease, including travel notes, autobiography, literary criticism--and probably others. It contains a sentence that could go head to head with all others for length in the chapter, 'Huzun'  a word which describes the feeling of melancholy from a Turkish angle. Perhaps something of the Portuguese 'saudade."  Both are akin to the mode often described in the English literary tradition as "elegiac." It's not ...