Jason Goodwin

Spanning the Past

The Bridge: A Journey between Orient and Occident


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Geert Mak is a Dutch journalist and historian whose earlier book In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century (Harvill Secker, 2007), based on his travels around the continent on the eve of the millennium, chronicled a grand, looping exploration of the frontiers of history and memory.

The Bridge is a much smaller affair – more of an extended essay about the Galata Bridge across the Golden Horn in Istanbul. It’s a meditation on aspects of the cultural bridge and gulf between Muslim Turkey and the West, as between past and present, and the city and the village.

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