Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul

Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul

Charles King

“Timely . . . exceptional . . . highly relaxing, magnificently researched and deeply absorbing.”―Jason Goodwin, New York occasions e-book Review

at the hours of darkness, December 31, 1925, electorate of the newly proclaimed Turkish Republic celebrated the recent 12 months. For the 1st time ever, they'd agreed to exploit a nationally unified calendar and clock.

Yet in Istanbul―an historic crossroads and Turkey's biggest city―people have been having a look towards an doubtful destiny. by no means simply Turkish, Istanbul used to be domestic to generations of Greeks, Armenians, and Jews, in addition to Muslims. It welcomed White Russian nobles ousted by means of the Russian Revolution, Bolshevik assassins at the path of the exiled Leon Trotsky, German professors, British diplomats, and American entrepreneurs―a multicultural panoply of performers and poets, do-gooders and ne’er-do-wells. throughout the moment global conflict, hundreds of thousands of Jews fleeing occupied Europe came upon passage via Istanbul, a few with the aid of the longer term Pope John XXIII. on the Pera Palace, Istanbul's most opulent lodge, such a lot of spies mingled within the foyer that the chief published an indication asking them to relinquish their seats to paying guests.

In beguiling prose and wealthy personality pics, Charles King brings to lifestyles a extraordinary period whilst a storied urban stumbled into the fashionable global and reshaped the that means of cosmopolitanism.

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