Last train to Istanbul

Last train to Istanbul by Ayse Kulin

Ayse Kulin could be a good reason to learn Turkish

To handle so many delicate topics in one book – Nazi persecution of Jews, inter-religious marriage, social hierarchy, tradition versus modernism, heroics in the face of adversity, political expediency, WWII international relationships – is an ambitious undertaking. Ayse Kulin not only doesn’t shy away from the task, but does so without being opinionated, and builds a story full of intrigue, excitement and emotion.I can’t read the original Turkish version; I would think the translator, John W Baker, deserves credit for the English version.