The Bridge of the Golden Horn

The Bridge of the Golden Horn


By (author) Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Translated by Martin Chalmers, Introduction by John Berger


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  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 214mm x 26mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1852429321
  • ISBN 13: 9781852429324
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 253,865

Product description

"The Bridge of the Golden Horn" is a coming-of-age novel, a sentimental education that is also a political, cultural and intellectual one. In 1966, at the age of 16, the unnamed heroine lies about her age and signs up as a migrant worker in Germany. She leaves Istanbul, works on an assembly line in West Berlin making radios, and lives in a women's factory hostel. But zdamar's novel is not about the problems of assembly line work - it's a witty, picaresque account of a precocious teenager refusing to become wise, of a hectic four years lived between Berlin and Istanbul, of a young woman who is obsessed by theatre, film, poetry and left-wing politics. These are sometimes grim years, particularly in Turkey, but they also have a hope and optimism that seem almost unimaginable today.

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Author information

Emine Sevgi Ozdamar was born in Turkey and now lives in Berlin. She attended drama school in Istanbul and has appeared in major theatrical productions in Germany, Vienna, Avignon and Paris as well as in films. She has also directed in the theatre and written plays. Her other books include the novel Life is a Caravanserei.

Review quote

"'Ozdamar glides through the ocean of stories: between archaic myths and modern slang, between inner and outer worlds, between gravity and humour, between Orient and Occident' Neue Zurcher Zeltung 'Quite simply a great book... With it German literature has crossed the Bosphorus - and returned bearing gifts' Frankfurter Rundschau 'A wonderful novel of marvellous invention' Das Literarische Quartett 'If the world looks different after reading a book and the things in it bear new names, then a considerable author must have been at work... an author like Emine Sevgi Ozdamar' Suddeutsche Zeltung"