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Istanbul Was a Fairy Tale: Mario Levi | Kings Place

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"Spoken Word / Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 6:30pm / St Pancras Room
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Mario Levi
Maureen Freely Chair

Istanbul Was a Fairy Tale is a post-modern novel on a grand scale that follows three generations of an Istanbul Jewish family from the Ottoman Empire to the late 20th century. Istanbul is their only home, and yet they live in a state of alienation, isolating themselves from the world around them.

Leading Turkish novelist Mario Levi comes to Jewish Book Week to share the essence of Istanbul and its storied past.

"Istanbul Was a Fairy Tale—and was much more: a dream, an illusion, a promise of a perfect world . . . The author's perspective ranges widely as he effortlessly incorporates the oral traditions of the Orient into the structures and subversions of postmodern literature. Levi has created a monumental portrait of human existence itself . . . Reminiscent of James Joyce and Edmond Jabès."
Carsten Hueck, Neue Zürcher Zeitung"""

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