Thursday, July 17, 2008

Geert Mak: The Bridge

I missed Jeremy Seal's review of Geert Mak's anti-travelogue The Bridge when it appeared in the Telegraph in March, and in fact I only discovered Mak in April, when visiting Amsterdam where he is one of the most popular authors - the sort of writer who inspires people to carry his books in their pocket, or bag, so they can spend every spare moment reading. In this "stark and brooding account" of Istanbul's Galata Bridge "Mak has" as Jeremy Seal explains "reinvented the city's iconic bridge as the focal point for all the frustrations and humiliations endured by Turkey's urban dispossessed."