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Longing for Istanbul: The Words I Haven’t Said Yet

Author(s): Lisa Morrow

Location(s): Istanbul (Constantinople)

Genre(s): Travelogue

Era(s): Present day

From the moment Lisa Morrow first stepped onto Turkish soil in 1990, her love affair with the country has been tumultuous. She came to stay forever and then left for good many times, but could never get Turkey and more specifically Istanbul, out of her mind. The chaos, intensity and spirit of the city repeatedly called her back. It’s a place where traditions clash with modernity and emotions overrule logic. In Istanbul Lisa’s heart beats contentedly at being home and when she’s away, whether in Turkey or elsewhere, she longs to return. Yet once there, a sense of longing remains. Istanbul’s essence is elusive. It shimmers seductively just out of reach. Knowing this, in Longing for Istanbul Lisa has combined her experiences in Istanbul and other parts of Turkey to write honestly about the passion, disillusionment, joy, despair and sheer determination that fuel her love for Istanbul. She tackles head on the events, attitudes and issues which mean life in Turkey isn’t always plain sailing, while acknowledging she wouldn’t choose to live anywhere else.

Longing for Istanbul builds on Lisa Morrow’s two previous collections of personal essays, Inside Out In Istanbul and Exploring Turkish Landscapes and her memoir Waiting for the Tulips to Bloom: Adrift in Istanbul.

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