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Midnight at the Pera Palace
Arriving to Istanbul by sea is dramatic and breathtaking—“no other place can claim to be more perfectly situated,” writes Charles King in his new book Midnight at the Pera Palace, but “arriving by land has always been something of an anticlimax.” So much so that when John Dos Passos rolled into the city via train in 1921 he wasn’t sure that he’d arrived: “‘Is it? No, yes, it must be. . . Constantinople.’” Historian and author of
Pera, Istanbul
Kindly contributed by Charles King, author of Midnight at the Pera Palace, a twentieth-century history of the Near East through the prism of one of its greatest cities, Istanbul. King sets the reader in a world of intrigue, jazz, feminism, Trotskyism, violence, sex and espionage, at the center of which stood the wondrous, decaying Pera Palace Hotel. His backdrop is the multi-ethnic Turkish republic at the point when it became global crossroads.