Istanbul Noir by Mustafa Ziyalan, Amy Spangler

By Mustafa Ziyalan, Amy Spangler

“[In Istanbul Noir] you get blown alongside the shore of the Bosporus within the prosperous enclave of Bebek (Feryal Tilmac’s “Hitching within the Lodos”), hustled during the shadowy previous within the bustling Aksaray (Mustafa Ziyalan’s “Black Palace”), have your brain learn within the “haven for lowlifes” that's Siskinbakkal (Algan Sezginturedi’s “Around right here, Somewhere”) and thrown at the back of bars in Sagmacilar (Yasemin Aydinoglu’s “One between Us”).-- The Lead Miami seashore A urban without delay historic and smooth, Istanbul is the quintessentially postcard-perfect city. yet don’t enable the pleasing vistas idiot you. For underneath its veneer because the assembly position of cultures, religions, and ethnicities lies a center of darkness, seething with suppressed hope, boiling with frustration, and burning with a fervor for vengeance. Brand-new tales from: Baris Mustecaplioglu, Muge Iplikci, Behcet Celik, Algan Sezginturedi, Ismail Guzelsoy, Hikmet Hukumenoglu, Lydia Lunch, Yasemin Aydinoglu, Riza Kirac, Sadik Yemni, Feryal Tilmac, Mehmet Bilal, Inan Cetin, Mustafa Ziyalan, Jessica Lutz, Tarkan Barlas, and others.

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I’m sure she’s adorable …” Beaten black-and-blue by the wind, the sea churned and foamed. The bus in front of them let out a hiss as it lurched forward, and they followed. Launched from the terrace of one of the seafront houses, an umbrella, a remnant from summer, blew over the road and toward the water. Spared, by the grace of God! The incident brought them closer; it was that special affinity shared by people who have survived an accident together. Just then the young man’s cell phone started ringing.

The only city in the world to lie smack dab at the junction of two continents, Europe and Asia, Istanbul is split down the middle by the Bosphorus Strait, pierced by the Golden Horn, and caressed by the Black and Marmara seas. In short, with her “tough love,” Mother Nature has pummeled and groomed this place into one of the most stunning geographical locations on earth. Indeed, Istanbul has been the site of the collision and collusion, of the fracturing and the fusion of cultures, for millennia.

The lodos did not seem to have impacted the hotel or the seafood restaurants here one bit. The valets were constantly stopping traffic to make way for the cars of customers coming and going. Tolga was quietly eating the walnuts Cavidan Hanım kept offering to him, after removing their delicate shells. She was sure no one had skinned or shelled or peeled anything for this boy and handed it to him, ready to eat, since he was a kid. Now he was smiling too. Finally, the valet impatiently motioned for them to drive on through.

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