Turkey’s most famous author talks about highs and lows, still having a bodyguard and finding inspiration for his new novel on the streets of Istanbul
From my hotel room in the centre of Istanbul, where I have come to interview Turkey’s best-known novelist, Orhan Pamuk, I look out at a huge, gaping hole. The opposite side of it forms a cliff perhaps 50 metres high. At the top is a row of slender town houses, built to accommodate poor Christian families in the mid-19th century. They teeter on the brink, their scale and form a world away from the shopping mall planned for the vast space beneath.