An invaluable record of Constantinople as it used to be - a fascinating crossroads between Eastern and Western civilization and one of the most cosmopolitan cities of its time - as well as a vivid example of a European tourist's reaction to it - part delight, part incomprehension - this book will provide an enriching read for lovers of history or those planning to visit Istanbul themselves.
Stephen Parkin's translation is assured and lively, catching well the spirit of the original.Edmondo De Amicis's book conjures up the eternal harem of Western imaginings, of alluring Oriental deshabille and sensual decadence behind closed doors. Times Literary Supplement
The poet, novelist and travel writer Edmondo de Amicis (1846-1908) began his career as a soldier, before switching to journalism. He is now best remembered for his collection of children's stories Cuore.