The Bridge of the Golden Horn

The Bridge of the Golden Horn

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 128 x 214 x 26mm | 322.05g
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1852429321
  • 9781852429324
  • 417,563

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Accessible and entertaining... Ozdamar has a Dickensian talent for creating vivid portraits of ordinary people as complex and individual... The novel reminds us that literature is a transforming energy at the heart of life * Independent * [It is] this combination of an acutely observant ingenuousness and a satirical worldliness that gives The Bridge of the Golden Horn its mesmerising power and charm * Guardian * Ravishing... a magnetic tale that could have come out of A Thousand and One Nights... a wonderfully refreshing book * Morning Star * An unusual book... by turns beautiful, infuriating, funny and obtuse * New Statesman * Irrepressible... Ozdamar has been lucky with her translator. But there is also something about the way she tells a story that would, I think, make her words sparkle under any circumstances, and in any tongue * Financial Times * Ermine Sevgi Ozdamar writes with wisdom and humor...(The Bridge of the Golden Horn) is an appealing tale about a young immigrant who discovers herself through politics, sex and the arts. * Foreword Magazine USA *
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About Emine Sevgi Özdamar

Emine Sevgi OEzdamar 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.
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194 ratings
3.51 out of 5 stars
5 23% (44)
4 31% (60)
3 30% (58)
2 8% (16)
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