Midnight at the Pera Palace The Birth of Modern Istanbul

ISBN-10: 0393089142

ISBN-13: 9780393089141

Edition: 2014

Authors: Charles King

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When the Ottoman Empire collapsed, so many spies mingled in the lobby of Istanbul's Pera Palace Hotel that the manager posted a sign asking them to relinquish seats to paying guests.As the multi-ethnic empire became a Turkish republic, Russian émigrés sold family heirlooms, an African American impresario founded a jazz club, Miss Turkey became the first Muslim beauty queen, and a Boston professor unveiled the lost treasures of the Hagia Sophia. Turkey's president Kemal Atatürk, Muslim feminist Halide Edip, the exiled Leon Trotsky, and the future Pope John XXIII fought for new visions of human freedom. During World War II, German intellectuals ran from the Nazis while Jewish activists spirited refugees out of occupied Europe. In this pioneering portrait of urban reinvention, Charles King re-creates an era when an ancient city became a global crossroads--a forgotten moment when Europe's closest Muslim metropolis became its vital port of refuge.
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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/15/2014
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 480
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.244
Language: English

Charles King is a professor of internationalaffairs at Georgetown University.A frequent media commentator onglobal issues, he is the author of Odessa, Midnight in the Pera Palace,and other books. He lives in Washington,DC.

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