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Istanbul's Galata Bridge has spanned the Golden Horn since the sixth century AD, connecting the old city with the more Western districts to the north. But the bridge is a city in itself, peopled by merchants and petty thieves, tourists and fishermen, and at the same time a microcosmic reflection of Turkey as the link between Asia and Europe. Geert Mak introduces us to the cigarette vendors and the best pickpockets in Europe, to the pride of the cobbler and the tea-seller's homesickness, and interweaves their stories with vignettes illuminating the extraordinary history of Istanbul and Turkey. Charming and learned, The Bridge is a delightful book from the author of the acclaimed international bestseller In Europe.
|Publication date:||5th March 2009|
|Publisher:||Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing|
Geert Mak is a journalist and historian, and one of The Netherlands' bestselling writers; his books include An Island in Time, Amsterdam and In Europe, and have won many prizes.More About Geert Mak