Books About Izmir
Here are the most famous books that tell the history of Izmir or consist of stories that take place in Izmir
On the Quai at Smyrna and Other Stories (Ernest Hemingway)
In this book, which consists of the stories of one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner Ernest Hemingway, the story “On the Quai at Smyrna” takes place in Izmir after the Turkish-Greek War in 1922. Hemingway critic Thomas Strychacz states that in this story the author “has discovered not the clarity of events that break the boundaries of what is known as rational and comfortable, but the terrible side of them.”
Stories of Izmir (Halid Ziya Uşaklıgil)
This book, which is dedicated to the people of Izmir by Halid Ziya Uşaklıgil and published after the death of the author, contains important clues about the childhood and early youth of Halid Ziya Uşaklıgil, the leading name of Turkish literature.
Stories of Izmir, in which Halid Ziya, the master of Turkish literature, intertwines memories and stories, is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand better the author and Izmir of that period.
Men of Izmir Post (Ahmet Büke)
Ahmet Büke, born in Manisa, who won prestigious awards such as the Oğuz Atay Story Award and Sait Faik Story Award, tells about the protagonists who try to change the direction of their lives in the back-alleys of İzmir in his first collection of stories. In these stories, which immediately draw attention with their unique voice and form when they were published, Büke shows us the back-alleys of not only the city he lived in but also of Turkish storytelling.
The Ghosts of Smyrna (Loren Edizel)
The Ghosts of Smyrna is a historical novel which tells the story of the events leading to the great fire of Smyrna (modern-day Izmir) in 1922, through the trials and tribulations of a Levantine family caught up in the turmoil. The fire, which destroyed not only a beautiful and ancient city but also a multicultural way of life that had blossomed there over centuries, occurred at the end of the war of independence led by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk against the occupying European countries. The story takes place in the period between World War I and the great fire.
Smyrna of Izmir: From Paleolithic Age to Turkish Conquest (Ersin Doğer)
In Smyrna of Izmir, Ersin Doğer, who has been working on the early history of Izmir and the topography of the city and its surroundings for years, examines the period of the city which has hosted many civilizations and was a transition point between them, from the Paleolithic era to its capture by the Turks.
We recommend you to read this book for a pleasant history tour of Uzbek axes to Hittite armies, from the legendary King Tantalus to the Amazons, from Persians to Alexander the Great, from the Romans to the Seljuks.
Smyrna: From the Age of Epics to the 19th Century (Konstantinos Oikonomos, Bonaventure F. Slaars)
This book was first published in Greek by Konstantinos Oikonomos in 1817 under the name of Studies on Smyrna. In 1868, Slaars enriched Oikonomos's work with very important additions and translated it into French. The book is one of the most important classics written on the ancient history of Izmir.
Ancient Smyrna: A history of the city from the earliest times to 324 A.D. (Cecil John Cadoux)
Cecil John Cadoux is one of the most important researchers who fell under the spell of Izmir, which was also his birthplace. Ancient Smyrna, which is the product of very meticulous and comprehensive research, has a very important reputation among the studies on the ancient history of any city in terms of quantity and quality. This book, which goes beyond giving the mere information on the period, also contains pleasant, anecdotal chapters.
Smyrna 1830-1930: A forgotten city? (Marie-Carmen Smyrnelis)
Edited by Marie-Carmen Smyrnelis and revealing the cosmopolitan richness of Izmir, this multi-author book tells the story of the inhabitants of Izmir between 1830 and 1930. There are 15 articles in the book describing the culture and trade veins of Izmir, which was called Paris of the East at the time.
Altay: Resident of Alsancak (Orhan Berent)
Written with passion and based on meticulous research, Orhan Berent's book tells the social history of Izmir through the story of Altay sports club. The book shows us that each club is also a kind of novel protagonist. This is a book about a novel hero who has seen both the summit and the fall.