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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.