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Turkish Book
Teach Yourself Complete
Turkish - Includes CD Packamazon.co.uk

Complete Turkish is a complete course for beginners in written and spoken Turkish. It is also ideal for those wanting to brush up existing knowledge of the language and those who are studying with a teacher and are looking for supplementary material. There are 16 carefully graded and interlocking units. Each unit introduces new language structures firmly embedded in a functional context, which means you concentrate on the uses to which you can put the language in everyday situations. Each unit starts with an opening dialogue accompanied by simple comprehension questions and notes about the language or Turkish culture. Then a small number of language points are fully explained and illustrated by examples. The exercises which follow will check your learning. Finally, at the end of each unit there is a shorter dialogue linked to the opening one. There is comprehensive help with the pronunciation both in the introduction and on the accompanying 60-minute CD. At the end of the book there is a Turkish-English vocabulary and an English-Turkish vocabulary, and an index to the grammar points covered.

Author Asuman Celen Pollard was born in Turkey where she spent many years teaching both English and Turkish as a foreign language. She now teaches Turkish at the University of Birmingham. After teaching English as a Foreign Language in Switzerland, Bulgaria and Turkey, David Pollard became a computer analyst-programmer and spent a decade developing educational software. He now works in medical education.



Turkish Book
Portrait of a Turkish Family
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A haunting evocation of a childhood in late Ottoman/early Republican Turkey where the abrupt collapse of a single family's fortunes mirrors the disintegration of the old state and a dogged determination to rebuild a new life from, literally, the ashes of the old. The depth of detail in Orga's recollection of his early childhood is quite astonishing. Yet the book is as much about his mother as himself; and what he doesn't he do or say -- perhaps, as his grandmother says, couldn't do or say -- to prevent her decline from effervescent teenage bride into a deranged middle-aged widow. I stayed up until 2 am, mesmerised as the heady flow of his childhood memories gave way to fragmented anecdotes of adolescence and early adulthood and his mother's sanity too began to fracture and then collapse completely, leaving Orga as burnt-out a shell as the ruins of his childhhod home. Extraordinary to think that he should name his son Ates (Fire) when it was a fire that triggered such material and psychological devastation in his family.

Author İrfan Orga was born October 31, 1908 and passed away on November 29,1970. A Turkish fighter pilot, staff officer, and author, writing in English, he published books on many areas of Turkish life, cookery, and history, as well as a life of Atatürk, and a universally admired autobiography - Portrait of a Turkish Family in 1950. He also wrote two educational books for children.



 Turkish Book
James Baldwin's Turkish Decade
Erotics of Exile
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Between 1961 and 1971, James Baldwin spent extended periods of time in Turkey, where he worked on many of his most important books. In this first in-depth exploration of Baldwin's "Turkish Decade," Magdalena J. Zaborowska reveals the significant role that Turkish locales, cultures, and friends played in Baldwin's life and thought. Turkey was a nurturing space for the author, who by 1961 had spent nearly ten years in France and Western Europe and failed to re-establish permanent residency in the United States.Zaborowska demonstrates how Baldwin's Turkish sojourns enabled him to re-imagine himself as a black queer writer and to revise his views of American identity and U.S. race relations as the 1960s drew to a close. Following Baldwin's footsteps through Istanbul, Ankara, and Bodrum, Zaborowska presents many never before published photographs, new information from Turkish archives, and original interviews with Turkish artists and intellectuals who knew Baldwin and collaborated with him on a play that he directed in 1969.She analyzes the effect of his experiences on his novel "Another Country" (1962) and on two volumes of his essays, "The Fire Next Time" (1963) and "No Name in the Street" (1972), and explains how Baldwin's time in Turkey informed his ambivalent relationship to New York, his responses to the American South, and his decision to settle in southern France. James Baldwin's "Turkish Decade" expands knowledge of Baldwin's role as a transnational African American intellectual, casts new light on his later works, and suggests ways of reassessing his earlier writing in relation to ideas of exile and migration.

Author Magdalena J. Zaborowska is an associate professor in American and Afro-American studies at the University of Michigan.




Turkish Book
Turkish Democracy Today

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The experience of democracy in Turkey since its introduction in 1950 has been bloody, chequered but persistent. The complex cultural and economic stratification of Turkish society, together with its unique geopolitical status, straddling Eastern and Western zones of influence, in part accounts for the turbulence of Turkey's democratic experience. But, as this important new work argues, Turkish democracy has for too long been treated as a sui generis case, and been cut off from theoretical developments in psephology and comparative sociology. The authors seek to redress this, combining cutting-edge theory with in-depth empirical research to address the key issues in contemporary Turkish politics: the rise of democratic Islamist parties, and the implications of their ascendancy for political stability and democratic governance. They offer important conclusions on voter decision-making in Turkey, and provide a rigorous theoretical framework for identifying trends and anticipating future developments. Ersin Kalaycioglu combine cutting-edge theory with in-depth empirical research to address the key issues in contemporary Turkish politics.

Author Mahmut Ersin Kalaycıoğlu is a Turkish political scientist, Professor of Political Sciences at Sabanci University and former President of Işık University, Istanbul (2004–2007). He is also a nephew of the well-known Turkish constitution professor, Tarık Zafer Tunaya.



Turkish Book
The Turkish People
Their Social Life, Religious Beliefs, Institutions and Domestic Life
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One of the predominating instincts of the Osmanli Turks has ever been a passion for the picturesque in nature, a love of splendid sites, sparkling seas, leafy shades, cool fountains, and wide horizons; and this instinct has led them, wherever they have settled, to choose for their abodes the most charming situations, commanding views unrivalled in grandeur and beauty.

Author Lucy M.J. Garnett lived and travelled in Turkey during the first decade of the 20th century. Her book, originally entitled Mysticism and Magic in Turkey, was much admired for decades, and regarded as the central work on the subject.












Turkish Book
The Museum of Innocence
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The Museum of Innocence - set in Istanbul between 1975 and today - tells the story of Kemal, the son of one of Istanbul's richest families, and of his obsessive love for a poor and distant relation, the beautiful Fusun, who is a shop-girl in a small boutique. The novel depicts a panoramic view of life in Istanbul as it chronicles this long, obsessive, love affair between Kemal and Fusun; and Pamuk beautifully captures the identity crisis esperienced by Istanbul's upper classes who find themselves caught between traditional and westernised ways of being.

Author Orhan Pamuk is the author of many books, including The White Castle, The Black Book and The New Life. In 2003 he won the International IMPAC Award for My Name is Red, and in 2004 Faber published the translation of his novel Snow, which The Times described as 'a novel of profound relevance to the present moment'. His most recent book was Istanbul, described by Jan Morris as 'irresistibly seductive'. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006. Living in Istanbul, Orhan Pamuk, is described as one of the freshest, most original voices in contemporary fiction.



Turkish Book
My Name is Red
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My Name Is Red, when published in the original Turkish in 1998, became the fastest-selling book in Turkish history. It is high time then that a translation to English was made, and this publication will be widely welcomed by Pamuk's growing legion of English-speaking admirers. In the late 16th century, during the final years of the reign of Ottoman Sultan Murat III, a great work is commissioned, a book celebrating the Sultan's life. The work is conducted in secret, to the ignorance of the artists involved, for fear of a violent religious reaction to the European style of the illuminations in the book. An artist goes, missing, feared dead, and Black, a painter who has been in a self-enforced exile because of spurned love, returns to help his former Master investigate the disappearance.

Author Orhan Pamuk is the author of many books, including The White Castle, The Black Book and The New Life. In 2003 he won the International IMPAC Award for My Name is Red, and in 2004 Faber published the translation of his novel Snow, which The Times described as 'a novel of profound relevance to the present moment'. His most recent book was Istanbul, described by Jan Morris as 'irresistibly seductive'. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006. Living in Istanbul, Orhan Pamuk, is described as one of the freshest, most original voices in contemporary fiction.



Turkish Book
Snow
amazon.co.uk

As the snow begins to fall, a journalist arrives in the remote city of Kars on the Turkish border. Kars is a troubled place - there's a suicide epidemic among its young women, Islamists are poised to win the local elections, and the head of the intelligence service is viciously effective. When the growing blizzard cuts off the outside world, the stage is set for a terrible and desperate act . . . Orhan Pamuk's magnificent and bestselling new novel evokes the spiritual fragility of the non-Western world, its ambivalence about the godless West, and its fury.

Orhan Pamuk, is the author of many celebrated books, including The White Castle, Istanbul and Snow. In 2003 he won the International IMPAC Award for My Name is Red, and in 2006 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. His most recent novel, The Museum of Innocence, was an international bestseller, praised in the Guardian as 'an enthralling, immensely enjoyable piece of storytelling.' Orhan Pamuk lives in Istanbul.




Turkish Book
Other Colours
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Other Colours is a collection of immediate relevance and timeless value, ranging from lyrical autobiography to criticism of literature and culture, from humour to political analysis, from delicate evocations of his friendship with his daughter Ruya to provocative discussions of Eastern and Western art. It also covers Pamuk’s recent, high profile, court case. My Father’s Suitcase, Pamuk’s 2006 Nobel Lecture, a brilliant illumination of what it means to be a writer, completes the selection from a man who is now without doubt one of international literature’s most eminent and popular figures.

Orhan Pamuk, is the author of many celebrated books, including The White Castle, Istanbul and Snow. In 2003 he won the International IMPAC Award for My Name is Red, and in 2006 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. His most recent novel, The Museum of Innocence, was an international bestseller, praised in the Guardian as 'an enthralling, immensely enjoyable piece of storytelling.' Orhan Pamuk lives in Istanbul.



Turkish Book
Turkish Coast
Through Writer's Eyes
amazon.co.uk

The Turkish Coast from Izmir to Antalya is an area of incredible natural drama, rich in the ruins of antiquity. It is a prime focus for many cultured holiday makers visiting the region by land, yacht and gulet. It has been at the centre of Mediterranean culture and history for thousands of years, with a rich and varied literature. With accounts ranging from the excitement of archaeological discovery, or the route march of Alexander's army, to the pleasures of the hammam and Turkish cooking, this latest addition to the "Through Writers' Eyes" series will satisfy the appetites of travellers real and armchair. Sources range from the classical to the contemporary: from The Odyssey and Plutarch to Freya Stark, Jeremy Seal and Louis de Berniere. 'Eland has hit a goldmine with its "Through Writers' Eyes" series...like buying a best of compilation...you don't have to listen to the 'B' sides and you don't have to wade through the boring bits'

Author Rupert Scott is a long time resident of the coast, as well as a publisher and travel-writer.



Turkish Book
The Turkish Coast
AA Spiral Guides
amazon.co.uk

This practical guide aims to be fun to read as well as informative. Its practical spiral binding allows you to fold it back flat, and it is pocket-sized for travelling light. The authors provide a wealth of inside knowledge and tips on such topics as recommended restaurants and bars, "must see" sights, travel information and shops. The book is divided into geographical zones, including detailed maps and a key to the sights. Pages are colour-coded for ease of use.

Authors Lindsay Bennett and Kevin Gould are travel writers who have collaborated on several books.











Turkish Book
Across the Hellespont
A Literary Guide to Turkey
amazon.co.uk

Turkey lies at the crossroads of history. Since the beginning of civilisation, Anatolia has been crossed and re-crossed by waves of ancient people: the Hittites, the ancient Persian Empire and the mighty Ottoman Empire that spread as far as Budapest, Baghdad, Cairo and Arabia, have created a country as varied as it is possible to find in the world. With a climate and landscape as diverse as its past, Turkey has provided an alluring and yet sometimes challenging destination for westerners throughout the ages. This, and the hospitality of its people has ensured that countless visitors, from classical times to the present, have fallen under the spell of Turkey. "Across the Hellespont" describes in lively detail the remarkable literature which Turkey has inspired for two millennia. At a time when Turkey's position on the fringe may be set to change to a deeper involvement in Europe, the need for Europeans to understand the country is even more compelling. The range of travel writing represented in this book shows how, while political circumstances may change, the lure of Turkey remains constant.

Author Richard Stoneman is a classicist, editor and lecturer. An Honorary Fellow of Exeter University, he is the author of numerous books and guides including Daphne into Laurel, A Literary Companion to Travel In Greece, The Greek Alexander Romance and Alexander the Great: a Life in Legend. He was President of the Classical Association in 2009/10.



Turkish Book
Turkish Phrase Book
Eyewitness Travel Guides Phrase Books
amazon.co.uk

Turkish pronunciation looks daunting to non-native speakers, as many of the words are very long and look like tongue-twisters. With a bit of practice, however, it becomes much easier. The spelling of Turkish is phonetic, so once knowing the pronunciation of each letter the reading should not be a problem, since all words are pronounced exactly how they are written. However Turkish has some vowel sounds that are not known in many other languages, so they can be hard to learn.

By DK Books












Turkish Book
Just Enough Turkish
Just Enough Series
amazon.co.uk

A complete survivor's guide for those who are either visiting for the first time or returning after a couple of years. There are key phrases and questions to help you get what you need as a tourist.

D. L. Ellis is a McGraw-Hill author and leading expert in language books that are dedicated to improving the lives, careers, and interests of readers worldwide.













Turkish Book
Nevin Halici's Turkish Cook Book
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This guide to Turkish food features 200 recipes illustrated with photographs which demonstrate how to present Turkish cuisine in its true setting. The author describes ingredients, regional specialities and the development of sophisticated palace cooking during the Ottoman Empire.

Author Nevin Halici is one of Turkey's leading cookery writers. She has published nine books on cookery including Nevin Halici's Turkish Cookbook, which was translated into English and published by Penguin in 1989.



Turkish Book
The New Turkey
The Quiet Revolution on the Edge of Europe
amazon.co.uk

Chris Morris points out the paradoxes the nation faces ... 'a striking portrait of a nation in transition ... a timely and important book'. Updated since the decision to begin Turkey's admission to the European Union. Turkey is a country in a state of flux, swept along by an extraordinary process of change. In the last few years, a series of far-reaching political and economic reforms has swept away much of the old order which ruled the country for so long. Some people call it a second Turkish revolution. But resistance to reform remains strong. Pressure for change has come from ordinary people fed up with the old ways; it's also been motivated by the dominant issue of Turkish political life - the long pursuit of membership of the European Union. 'Cuts a brisk and lucid way through the great themes of Turkish life today ... For those who still think Europe should define itself by whom it can exclude, not whom it can embrace, The New Turkey is an eloquent nudge in the ribs'. A fine new book by the BBC's Chris Morris, The New Turkey, gives an expert and colourful overview of this remarkable country.

Author Chris Morris was born 1946 and is an American author of fiction and non-fiction, as well as a lyricist, musical composer, and singer-songwriter. He is a defense policy and strategy analyst and a principal in M2 Technologies, Inc.



Turkish Book
Turkey: A Short History
amazon.co.uk

New from the eminent historian Norman Stone comes this concise survey of Turkeys relations with its immediate neighbours and the wider world from the 11th century to the present day. Stone deftly conducts the reader through this story, from the arrival of the Seljuks in Anatolia in the eleventh century to the modern republic applying for EU membership in the twenty-first. It is an historical account of epic proportions, featuring rapacious leaders such as Genghis Khan and Tamerlane through the glories of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent to Kemal Atatürk, the reforming genius and founder of modern Turkey.

Author Norman Stone, who has lived and worked in the country since 1997, is one of the great historians of our time and this is a refreshing and sometimes surprising view of Turkish history.

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