Maureen Freely was born in the US but grew up in Istanbul, where her family still lives. She was educated at Radcliffe College (Harvard University) and has spent most of her adult life in England. A professor at the University of Warwick, and currently the chair of the Translators Association, she has translated five books by the Turkish novelist and Nobel Laureate, Orhan Pamuk. Her sixth novel,Enlightenment (her third novel to be set in Istanbul) was published by Marion Boyars in 2007.
Meet the Cult Author
Pawel Huelle has a cult following both in Poland and internationally. A novelist, playwright and newspaper columnist, he worked for Solidarity, was a university lecturer in philosophy and head of Gdansk’s local television channel.
He spoke to Maureen Freely about his life and work, including the novel that launched his career, Who Was David Weiser?, the story of an enigmatic Jewish boy set in Huelle’s native city of Gdansk.
Istanbul Was A Fairy Tale
Istanbul Was a Fairy Tale is a post-modern novel on a grand scale that follows three generations of an Istanbul Jewish family from the Ottoman Empire to the late 20th century. Istanbul is their only home, and yet they live in a state of alienation, isolating themselves from the world around them. Leading Turkish novelist Mario Levi came to Jewish Book Week to share the essence of Istanbul and its storied past.
“Istanbul Was a Fairy Tale—and was much more: a dream, an illusion, ...