Maria Eliades, Antoine Remise, and Julius Motal discover the real spirit of Istanbul's legendary Grand Bazaar in its larger-than-life merchants, including "Lord of the Leaves" Nick Merdenyan; jewelry craftsman, designer,
and visionary Sevan Bıçakçı, and former chemistry teacher turned vintage textile master, Hoca Mustafa Yılmaz.
In Tatiana Salem Levy’s The House in Smyrna, her unnamed narrator, a woman of Turkish- Jewish descent who lives in Brazil, seeks her ancestral home with a key given to her
by her grandfather. The novel, however, is about much more than just discovering that one can never grasp "the homeland" when trying to write about it.
A review of the surreal novel, "Reckless," and an interview with its translators, John Angliss and Maureen Freely.
Maria Eliades talks to editor, Jim Hinks about Comma Press' Turkish to English endeavour, The Book of Istanbul. The leading independent publisher based in Manchester, England, began as an artists' group that published short story booklets around England. In 2007, they began focusing their translation imprint on foreign fiction. The Book of Istanbul, which was supported by the Turkish Subvention Project (TEDA) and the British Council, is their first Turkish collection.
Interview with author Barbara Nadel and reviews of Nadel's latest crime novel, A Noble Killing, and ofArmenian Orthodox Patriarchate, Splendor and Pageantry: Textile Treasures from the Armenian Orthodox Churches in Istanbul by Ronald T. Marchese, Marlene R. Breu and the Armenian Patriarchate of Istanbul.