ISTANBUL ISTANBUL


The title hints at one of the themes of the novel, which is that there are two Istanbuls, the one above ground and the one below, and each is ‘transformed’ in sense through acts of creation and imagination. The prisoners transform their surroundings through imagination and fantasy, parables and riddles, and likewise the city above is changed by time and love.

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“Is it a book that you would even wish your wife or your servants to read?”


Today marks the 60th anniversary of the day that D.H. Lawrence’s novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover was finally available for sale in the United Kingdom, after a landmark legal battle when the book’s publishers faced an obscenity trial because of the book’s supposedly lewd content. The Prosecution famously asked the jury “Is it a book that you would […]

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