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İstanbullular Summary ç 108 ´ Yaz 2005 İstanbul Atatürk havalimanı Modernitenin ve şehrin sınırlarında genetik bilimciden gurbetçi işçiye taksi şoföründen ünlü bir heykeltıraşa tuvalet temizlikçisinden mimarlar odası eski başkanına kadar İstanbullu 15 kişinin yolları kesiştiğinde yüzyılımızın göçlerle genişlemiş İstL'undan ve dolayısıyla Türkiye'sinden bir kesitle karşılaşıyoruz Bir İstanbul romanının olmazsa olmazı aşk elbette başköşede yer alıyor Büyük bir tehdit altında başlayan gerilim dolu dört saat boyunca İstanbul Belgin ile Ayhan'ı kendileri ve aşkla hesaplaşmaya zorluyor Okuyanlar için bu kez de çizgi. This is a great book with a uniue style that says much about human diversity in general and the ethnic religious and generational diversity of Turks in particular

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Roman olarak okumayanlar için tanışmak üzere İstanbullular İmparatorlar gözdesi İstanbul'un Buket Uzuner'in kaleminden romanı İstanbullular şimdi Ayşe Nur Atasoy'un çizgileriyle şehrimize amağan Bu kitap İstanbul'a çok yakışan bir armağan olacak There is also a translation of this graphic novel into Engli. This short 125 pages graphic novel illustrates contemporary Istanbul and its mingling of extremely diverse people An attractive 40 something genetics professor and diplomat's daughter is returning with trepidation to her home city after years of working abroad when she is trapped in Atatürk Airport in an emergency blackout along with İstanbullular Istanbullians of all backgrounds including her Kurdish artist lover a Turkish Greek professor various Armenians a Jew a weary bathroom attendant a wealthy entrepreneur at least one fierce pro Turk and anti Kurd nationalist a headscarf bearing young Muslim woman a gay bartender etc Though their stories are never fully resolved we know that this crisis will have changed all their lives in some way Buket Uzuner is author of several other novels of which this is the first graphic one Illustrations of social types and places by Ayşe Nur Atsoy are realistic and vivid The book is a charming and informative introduction to the complexity of this enormous nearly 14 million population city and tempts this reader to seek other works by Buket Uzuner

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İstanbullularYaz 2005 İstanbul Atatürk havalimanı Modernitenin ve şehrin sınırlarında genetik bilimciden gurbetçi işçiye taksi şoföründen ünlü bir heykeltıraşa tuvalet temizlikçisinden mimarlar odası eski başkanına kadar İstanbullu 15 kişinin yolları kesiştiğinde yüzyılımızın göçlerle genişlemiş İstanbu. The Airport Land of Arrivals and DeparturesAtaturk International Airport in Istanbul On this day as on any other day it is crowded with people people waiting for passport control people running to catch their plane people checking their makeup in the bathroom people gazing at the arrivals board people shopping for last minute duty free Turkish Delight Airport staff greet them direct them flush toilets when they forget On this absolutely normal day a couple is about to be reunited and start a new life together Ayhan a Kurdish sculptor and Belgin a professor of genetics formerly based in New York Are they ready for this tremendous change And are they ready for what the airport will throw at them in the next few hoursThis novel explores the thoughts feelings and impressions of a wide range of Istanbullu who are only united by their common anonymous presence in the airport at the same time Can they find common ground in a moment of crisisWhat does it mean to be from IstanbulUzuner uses this novel to explore many themes of which the most important appears to be who can be considered a native of Istanbul In this huge cosmopolitan and ancient city who really belongs Uzuner raised the same uestion several times in Water her fantasy novel that I reviewed earlier In Istanbullu she attempts to parse this uestion through examining the internal monologues of a wide range of charactersBesides the two main characters Ayhan and Belgin she includes a wide range of fully 3 dimensional characters some of whom are only distantly related to the main plot Instead of being boring this decision increased my interest in the events at the airport Some of the secondary characters were intimately related to Belgin such as her ex husband and his personal assistant cum lover or her uncle or her uncle's bartending protege But others were unrelated such as the hijabi college student on her way to America who feels attracted to the handsome Jewish duty free shop managerIncluding characters who are just as affected by the events in the airport but who are completely unrelated to the main couple was a brilliant artistic decision By doing so Uzuner demonstrates a wide range of opinions on the uestion of what makes one an Istanbullu from members of different religions and ethnic groups different classes and neighborhoods It widened the viewpoint of the story in a way that was both powerful and realistic However the disjointed narrative made it difficult for me to read and I was only able to get through 3 4 short chapters at a time It is a thought provoking book and you need a bit time in which to read and process the ideasread the rest of my review at